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India to grow at 7.7% in 2018, emerging markets face newer challenges: Jaitley

LiveMint logoLiveMint 01-04-2017 PTI

New Delhi: Emerging markets face newer challenges in the form of inward looking policies of protectionism and increased geopolitical tension, finance minister Arun Jaitley said on Saturday as he pegged India’s GDP growth at 7.7% in 2018.

Speaking at the second annual meeting of the New Development Bank (NDB) in New Delhi, Jaitley said global growth is moving upwards and is expected to improve further in 2017-18.

“Indian economy is expected to grow at 7.2% in 2017 and at the rate of 7.7% in 2018,” he said.

Jaitley said emerging market economies (EMEs) face newer challenges in the form of inward looking policies of protectionism of some economies, global financial condition, policies of the United States and increased geopolitical tension.

He said India has sought $2 billion loans for various projects from the NDB, which is set up by the emerging nations India, China, Brazil, Russia and South Africa. “India has huge unmet infrastructure funding needs.. .$646 billion is required in next 5 years (for financing infrastructure),” Jaitley said.

He said growth in emerging and developing countries is picking up and news from economies of BRICS countries is “encouraging”. “I hope that NDB will emerge as a development bank and help in funding of emerging economies,” Jaitley added.

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