News:Asian Development Bank has released an update to its flagship Asian Development Outlook,2019.
Key takeaways from the report:
- The report has slashed India’s growth forecast for fiscal 2019-20 to 6.5% from 7% projected in July,2019.
- The growth was lowered due to slowdown in consumption and investment activities that hit manufacturing and service sectors.
- ADB has said that proactive policy interventions along with a recovery in domestic demand and investments will likely see the economy pick up to 7.2% in 2020-21.
- The report has also said that the measures such as (a)corporate tax cuts (b)direct income support for small farmers (c)tax relief for low-income taxpayers and (d)reduced loan interest rates will boost the growth.
- Further,the foreign direct investment could get a boost as trade tensions between the United States and China may push some businesses to move part of their operations to India.
- However, the ADB cautioned that risks remain tilted to the downside due to the weak global economy and slowdown in the consumption on domestic front.
About Asian Development Bank(ADB):
- The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is a regional development bank established on 19 December 1966.
- ADB is headquartered in Manila, Philippines.It aims to promote social and economic development in Asia.
- It assists its members and partners by providing loans, technical assistance, grants and equity investments to promote social and economic development.
- ADB has 67 members, of which 48 are from within Asia and the Pacific and 19 outside.
- Japan and US holds the largest proportion of shares in ADB followed by China, India and Australia. ADB is also an official United Nations Observer.