The Asian Development Bank (ADB) on Wednesday retained India’s economic growth forecast at 6.4 per cent for the current financial year and 6.7 per cent for the next, saying robust domestic demand will continue to support the region’s recovery.
In an update to its Asian Development Outlook, the ADB said inflation is expected to continue to fall, approaching pre-pandemic levels as fuel and food prices decline. It forecast 3.6 per cent inflation this year for developing economies in Asia, and 3.4 per cent in 2024.
The Indian economy grew 7.2 per cent in the 2022-23 fiscal ended March 2023. “Asia and the Pacific continues to recover from the pandemic at a steady pace,” ADB Chief Economist Albert Park said. “Domestic demand and services activity are driving growth, while many economies are also benefiting from a strong recovery in tourism. However, industrial activity and exports remain weak, and the outlook for global growth and demand next year has worsened, Park added.
ADB’s outlook has also pegged a decline in inflation, approaching pre-pandemic levels as fuel and food prices decline. It forecast 3.6 per cent inflation for Asia’s developing economies and 3.4 per cent in 2024.