India: 2016 Article IV Consultation-Press Release; Staff Report; and Statement by the Executive Director for India

Publication Date: March 02, 2016
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Summary: The Indian economy is on a recovery path, helped by a large terms of trade gain, positive policy actions, improved confidence, and reduced external vulnerabilities. A faster-than-expected decline in inflation created space for nominal policy rate cuts. Persistently high inflation expectations and large fiscal deficits remain key macroeconomic challenges, resulting in limited policy space to support growth through demand management measures. In addition, supply bottlenecks and structural challenges constrain medium-term growth and hinder job creation. Risks are weighted to the downside, with external risks mainly from intensified global financial market volatility and slower global growth. On the domestic side, a further weakening of bank and corporate balance sheets could pose risks to economic recovery and weigh on financial stability, while setbacks in the pace of structural reforms could dampen growth and undermine sentiment. In contrast, lower-for-longer global energy prices constitute an upside risk for India.
Series: Country Report No. 16/75
Subject(s): Article IV consultation reports | Economic growth | Financial sector | Banks | Monetary policy | Inflation targeting | Fiscal consolidation | Fiscal reforms | Subsidies | Economic indicators | Balance of payments statistics | Debt sustainability analysis | Staff Reports | Press releases | India

Publication Date: March 02, 2016
ISBN/ISSN: 9781513524306/1934-7685 Format: Paper
Stock No: 1INDEA2016001 Pages: 95
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