IMF-WB - Global economy is not strong enough: Lagarde

IMF-WB - Global economy is not strong enough: Lagarde

Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Christine Lagarde (Left) warned that the global economy is not strong enough, given that world economic growth is forecast to stagnate at 3.7 percent in 2018 and 2019. . ANTARA FOTO/ICom/AM IMF-WBG/Puspa Perwitasari/foc.

Nusa Dua, Bali (ANTARA News) - Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Christine Lagarde warned that the global economy is not strong enough, given that world economic growth is forecast to stagnate at 3.7 percent in 2018 and 2019.

"Economic growth is not evenly distributed throughout the world," Lagarde noted at a press conference on the sidelines of the IMF-World Bank Annual Meeting here on Thursday.

Lagarde also highlighted the increase in trade barriers that could disrupt the performance of global economic growth.

According to Lagarde, tensions in trade relations between countries must be reduced to create stronger and fairer trade.

Lagarde explained that a decade after the global financial crisis, the current condition of the world economy was safer.

However, there is a need to watch out for the high level of private and public debt since even the slightest change can alter the economic outlook and market stability in developing countries.

"Our recommendation is clear, which is to encourage each country to have a combination of domestic policy and domestic instruments, as well as globally," Lagarde stated.

The former French finance minister also touched on the challenges of climate change, which she believes would have a greater impact on low-income countries.

Lagarde emphasized that evenly distributed and sustainable global economic growth requires a reduction in trade tensions, improved systems, and a good policy mix for the medium and long term.



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Reporting by Yashinta Difa Pramudyani
Editing by Otniel T, Yoseph Hariyadi

  

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