(MENAFN- Trend News Agency)
Monetary policy moves in advanced economies risk pushing the
world towards global recession and prolonged stagnation, inflicting
worse damage than the 2008 financial crisis and the COVID-19 shock,
the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) said, reports citing
Rapid interest rate increases and fiscal tightening in advanced
economies, combined with the crises resulting from the COVID-19
pandemic and the Ukraine conflict, have already turned a global
slowdown into a downturn with the desired soft landing looking
unlikely, said a UNCTAD report titled 'Trade and Development Report
In a decade of ultra-low interest rates, central banks
consistently fell short of inflation targets and failed to generate
healthier economic growth, the report said, adding that any belief
that they can bring down prices by relying on higher interest rates
without generating a recession is an imprudent gamble.
At a time of falling real wages, financial turbulence and
insufficient multilateral support and coordination, excessive
monetary tightening could usher in a period of stagnation and
economic instability, it said.
UNCTAD expects the world economy to grow 2.5 percent in 2022,
and the growth in 2023 is expected to decelerate further to 2.2
The synchronized slowdown is hitting all regions but is ringing
alarm bells for developing countries, where the average growth rate
is projected to drop below 3 percent, further squeezing public and
private finances and damaging employment prospects, the report
'There's still time to step back from the edge of recession,'
UNCTAD Secretary-General Rebeca Grynspan was quoted as saying. 'We
have the tools to calm inflation and support all vulnerable groups.
But the current course of action is hurting the most vulnerable,
especially in developing countries and risks tipping the world into
a global recession.'
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