IMF worried about lack of fiscal stimulus

IMF worried about lack of fiscal stimulus
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First Published: Sun, Dec 21 2008. 03 06 PM IST
Updated: Sun, Dec 21 2008. 03 06 PM IST
London: International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn said insufficient fiscal stimulus by governments to tackle the global slowdown may make a bad 2009 even worse, according to an interview released on Sunday.
Strauss-Kahn told BBC radio that the IMF may need to cut its next economic growth forecasts, due in January, referring to “2009 as really being a bad year”.
“I’m specially concerned by the fact that our forecast, already very dark ... will be even darker if not enough fiscal stimulus is implemented,” he said in an interview.
The IMF has called for higher government spending and temporary tax cuts worth $120 trillion, or 2% of global annual economic output, to fill the gap caused by slumping private demand following the credit crunch.
Britain has announced fiscal stimulus worth around 1% of output, and despite “disturbing” level of public debt, Strauss-Kahn said more public borrowing would be the lesser of two evils.
“The question of having social unrest has been highlighted by journalists and I can understand that, but it’s only part of the problem,” he said. “The problem is that the whole society is going to suffer.”
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First Published: Sun, Dec 21 2008. 03 06 PM IST