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Citi economist upbeat on India's growth

Source: PTI
June 11, 2009 17:49 IST
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Improvement in the investment climate and other factors are likely to help India get back to the growth path, though exports and industrial production are yet to pick up, according to global financial services provider Citi.

"While some incremental data have yet to recover, we think India will do better. . .," Citi economist Rohini Malkani said in a research note on Thursday citing various factors including revival in investment.

Earlier this month, the global financial services major revised its outlook for India's GDP growth for 2009-10 to 6.8 per cent from 5.5 per cent and for the next fiscal to 7.8 per cent from 6.6 per cent.

The bank's revision of India's GDP forecast is mainly on higher investment growth, Citi said adding the key driver during FY'03-08 was the 17.1 per cent compounded annual growth in investments.

Malkani said the country's macro is looking up on the back of election results, improvement in the investment climate, both domestic and global, and signs of thawing credit markets.

She said focus on infrastructure development, inclusive growth, business environment (rationalize taxes, land, labor), education, and global integration and financial liberalisation will drive growth.

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