New Delhi, Oct 9: With a healthy growth rate, India stands out among emerging economies, but the country needs more private investments and has to fix many others things to see a “real turning point”, according to noted Harvard economist Gita Gopinath. Stating that it would be really difficult to predict what would happen in the near term, she said that given a lot of positive steps that have been taken, the turnaround might happen sooner than later. “Given that the global growth is so weak and most other emerging economies have been hit by commodity prices, in comparison, there is substance in the fact that India stands out,” Gopinath told PTI in an interview.
“It (India) is growing at a healthy rate of (over) 7 per cent, its macro economic indicators are good and the recent announcements, especially the GST, were very well received internationally.” According to her, people think there is some real progress happening here, but obviously this is not enough. “There are still many many things that need to be fixed like some of the big announcements like Skill India, Make in India have to show results,” she noted. “Private investments, what I mean is (by) domestic investors, still has to grow. Investment rates in India still haven’t recovered. When that happens, then we will have a real turning point.”
Gopinath, the John Zwaanstra Professor of International Studies and of Economics at Harvard University, was a Co-Chair of the just-concluded India Economic Summit here. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has pegged the country’s GVA (Gross Value Added) growth at 7.6 per cent for the current financial year ending March 2017 and 7.9 per cent for the next fiscal. Earlier this month, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) projected a growth rate of 7.6 per cent for India in 2016 and 2017.(ALSO READ: India can be USD 10-trillion economy in next 15 years: Arvind Panagariya)
The multilateral lender also said the government should continue reforming its tax system and eliminate subsidies to provide more resources for investments in infrastructure, education and healthcare. According to Gopinath, Skill India and Make in India have to “really generate better outcomes”. “I don’t know how easy is it to make that happen. It is not something that will happen overnight,” she said striking a note of caution.
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