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Ukraine War Continues to Slow Global Growth, Latest Report Says

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Higher inflation and slower growth are the heavy price that the worldwide economy is paying for Russia’s war in Ukraine, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development said on Tuesday.

Record inflation, fueled by the biggest energy crisis for the reason that Seventies, is creating financial hardship for thousands and thousands, the Paris-based organization said in a latest report. Governments and policymakers must make it their top priority to bring inflation down, while shielding households and businesses with targeted spending, the O.E.C.D. added.

“Navigating the economy from the present situation to a sustainable recovery can be difficult,” Mathias Cormann, the secretary-general of the O.E.C.D., said in a news briefing. “Risks remain tilted to the downside, and economic activity may end up even weaker if energy prices rise further or if energy disruptions affect gas and electricity markets in Europe and Asia,” he said.

“An end to the war and a just peace for Ukraine can be essentially the most impactful approach to affect the economic outlook,” Mr. Cormann added. “But until this happens governments should deploy measures for a stronger and sustainable recovery.”

The worldwide economy won’t tumble into an outright recession. But global growth will decline to 2.2 percent in 2023 from 3.1 percent this 12 months, before rebounding to a 2.7 percent pace in 2024, the report forecast. Inflation in a lot of the world’s developed and developing economies will cool barely, to six.4 percent next 12 months from a blistering 9.4 percent rate in 2022, but proceed doing economic damage.

The whirlwind of problems — high energy and food costs, rising rates of interest and growing government debt to pay for the fallout — will take the most important toll on Europe, North America and South America next 12 months, with those regions expected to face painful economic slowdowns and stubbornly high prices, the O.E.C.D. said.

The economies of each the USA and Europe are forecast to expand at an anemic pace of just 0.5 percent next 12 months.

China’s economy is more likely to expand by 4.6 percent in 2023, following a pandemic-induced slowdown this 12 months that has slashed its growth rate by greater than half.

Efforts by central banks to contain runaway inflation are beginning to repay in some countries, the group said. In Brazil, where the central bank moved swiftly with a series of rate hikes, inflation has began to come back down in recent months. In the USA, where the Federal Reserve had unleashed its biggest rate hikes in many years, the newest data suggest some progress is being made within the fight against inflation.

Even so, monetary policy should proceed to tighten within the countries where inflation stays high and broad-based, the O.E.C.D. said.

Europe, which is grappling with a war on its border, is more likely to have a harder time reining in inflation, mainly because governments are making an incredible pivot away from relatively low-cost Russian gas and oil that can likely take several years to bear out.

Politicians have been spending with abandon to shield households and businesses from the scourge of high energy high energy and food prices, including price caps, price and income subsidies and reduced taxes. Overall, countries are actually spending nearly a fifth of their economic output on energy, up from around a tenth in recent times.

But a few of those policies risk adding to inflationary pressures, by encouraging more spending and providing less of an incentive to avoid wasting on energy, the O.E.C.D. said. “Since energy prices are more likely to remain high and volatile for a while, untargeted measures to maintain prices down will develop into increasingly unaffordable, and will discourage the needed energy savings,” it said.

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