Asia-Pacific Regional Seminar

India – Economic Outlook and Policy Priorities

India was among the fastest-growing economies in the world in the decade before the pandemic, lifting millions out of poverty. COVID-19, however, has hit the country very hard. The severe health crisis caused by the first and second waves in 2020-21 led to deep social and economic harm. Following a strong and broad policy response, and the control of the pandemic, the economic recovery is underway. Nonetheless, the outlook remains clouded due to the uncertainty associated with the pandemic. The IMF Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific hosted a country-based regional seminar with Luis E. Breuer, the IMF’s Senior Resident Representative for India, Nepal, and Bhutan. He provided an overview of current economic developments and the outlook, and discuss long-term policy priorities. Nearly 90 people from across Asia participated in the virtual seminar.


December 8, 2021 (Japan time)
15:00-15:05    Introduction 
15:05-15:35  Presentation on India's economic outlook and policy priorities
Luis E. Breuer, IMF Senior Resident Representative for India, Nepal and Bhutan

15:35-15:55   Q&A session
15:55-16:00 Closing & post-event survey 

Reference: IMF Country Focus on India 


  • Mr. Luis E. BreuerLuis E. Breuer is the IMF Senior Resident Representative for India, Nepal, and Bhutan based in New Delhi. Previously, he was division chief of the ASEAN 4 division at the IMF Asia and Pacific Department, and the IMF mission chief to Indonesia and Philippines. In the Fund, Luis has worked on a number of other countries, including Colombia, Korea, Thailand, led program negotiating missions to Honduras, Nicaragua, Peru, and Bolivia, and was central banking advisor in Bolivia. Before joining the IMF, Luis held a number of policy and academic positions, including Member of the Board of Directors at the Central Bank of Paraguay and visiting assistant professor of economics at the University of Illinois. He holds a PhD in economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.