Emerging markets hit by credit hurdles, weak demand: IMF

Emerging markets hit by credit hurdles, weak demand: IMF
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First Published: Fri, Mar 20 2009. 02 06 PM IST
Updated: Fri, Mar 20 2009. 02 06 PM IST
Washington: The International Monetary Fund has said emerging markets, including India, has been hit due to high commodity prices, financial constraints and weak external demand amid the global economic crisis.
Addressing reporters on the occasion of release of G-20 Surveillance Note here yesterday, senior IMF officials, however, emphasised that the world body expects advanced countries to turn around and grow at a moderate pace in 2010.
“So while growth is slowing down, different regions are being affected differently depending upon how the transmission affects each country in the region,” an IMF official said asking reporters not to name senior officials who held the briefing on the occasion.
China, for example, the official said is already putting very substantial stimulus and IMF is already seeing some signs of a firming of activity in China, which they said is very welcome.
“However, other emerging economies that rely for example on commodity exports or on exports of manufacturing goods to the advanced economies will find it very difficult to recover in any sustained way until we see the recovery coming in the advanced economies,” the official said.
When asked if Europe should do more, the official said: “The message is clear that the outlook is weaker going forward.”
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