German Gov’t Sources Cautious About Global Growth Outlook

German government sources have expressed cautious optimism about averting a global recession but anticipate meagre growth, citing forthcoming International Monetary Fund (IMF) forecasts.

According to the sources, while the global economy shows signs of growth, it lacks dynamism, with some regions experiencing stagnation. They emphasised the need for structural reforms to stimulate growth.

The IMF’s spring meeting in Washington DC, amidst heightened tensions exacerbated by the Iranian attack on Israel, presents challenges. On the agenda are two meetings of G20 finance ministers and central bank governors, focusing separately on climate financing and strengthening international development banks. No formal communique is expected from these meetings.

German Finance Minister Christian Lindner and Bundesbank President Joachim Nagel, in a joint op-ed published in Handelsblatt, called for the IMF to prioritise its core tasks, suggesting that financing a development policy agenda should be left to institutions like the World Bank.

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