(8 April 2021) Amid COVID-19 vaccination progress and new stimulus measures from the US government, IMF economists are predicting a shining near-term future for the global economy. Here are the key takeaways from the April 2021 edition of the IMF's World Economic Outlook (WEO) report:

  • The IMF now estimates 2020 growth to have been -3.3 percent, a 1.1 percentage point upward revision from its October 2020 projection. The outlook for 2021 improved by 0.8 percentage points, to 6%, based on expected additional fiscal support in the US and other large economies and anticipated vaccination progress.
  • The IMF continues to emphasize the unusually large uncertainty surrounding its baseline projection due to unknowns regarding the path of pandemic recovery and the efficacy of government policies and support measures.
  • The IMF projects that the US and Japan will not only return to pre-COVID economic growth trajectories between 2022 and 2023, but also demonstrate a better growth performance after the recovery than predicted in pre-COVID estimates. Other top world economies are expected to return to pre-COVID economic growth trajectories between 2021 and 2022, falling only 1.5% short of their pre-COVID baselines by 2024. India is the exception; the IMF forecasts a growth gap of 11% below pre-COVID projections by 2024.
  • In the global ranking of countries by economy size, the main shift in 2021 compared to pre-COVID 2019 is the emergence of Taiwan as the 19th largest economy. Successful containment of coronavirus and strong global demand for electronics and semiconductors boosted the country's economic growth during the pandemic. The IMF expects Thailand, which has been hit hard by the global tourism industry crisis, to drop out of the world's 20 largest economies list.

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