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ADB forecasts Pakistan economy to grow 2% in next fiscal year

ISLAMABAD: The Asian Development Bank has forecasted Pakistan’s economy to grow by 2 percent in the fiscal year 2021.
ADB in its report “Asian Development Outlook Supplement 2020” stated that Pakistan’s economy was on the path to recovery before COVID-19. It is projected to contract by 0.4% in the fiscal year 2020 (ending 30 June 2020) as the outbreak further restricts economic activity.
In April 2020, the Bank had projected Pakistan’s economy to grow at 2.6 percent in the current fiscal year. The Bank stated that inflation projections for Bhutan in 2020 and for Pakistan and Sri Lanka in 2020 and 2021 are revised down in line with sharply contracting demand.
ADB has revised downward the inflation rate projection for Pakistan from 11.5 percent to 11 percent for the current fiscal year and from 8.3 percent to 8 percent for the next fiscal year.
Developing Asia is now projected to grow by only 0.1 percent in 2020, which would be the lowest regional growth outcome since 1961. Contraction is expected in all sub-regions except in East Asia, the report added.
“Economies in Asia and the Pacific will continue to feel the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic this year even as lockdowns are slowly eased and select economic activities restart in a ‘new normal’ scenario,” said ADB Chief Economist Yasuyuki Sawada.
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