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A recent report from the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) forecasts a global economic slowdown to 2.6% in 2024, marking the third consecutive year of growth below pre-pandemic levels. This trend, hovering just above the 2.5% threshold associated with recession, highlights pressing issues overshadowed by current inflation concerns: trade disruptions, climate change impacts, and widening income disparities.

The report emphasizes the need for comprehensive strategies, combining supply-side policies to stimulate investment with demand-side interventions for employment and income improvement. However, the global economic landscape appears varied:

  • Africa: Despite a projected growth uptick to 3%, challenges persist due to armed conflicts and climate impacts, with major economies like Nigeria, Egypt, and South Africa underperforming.
  • South America: Economic growth slows, with Brazil at 2.1% growth due to external pressures, while Argentina faces a 3.7% contraction amid inflation and debt issues.
  • North America: The U.S. anticipates 2% growth, though concerns linger over high household debt levels.
  • Asia: China aims for 5% growth, supported by manufacturing and trade, while India forecasts 6.5% expansion driven by public investment and service sector growth. Japan’s growth is more modest at 1.0%, hampered by export challenges.
  • Europe: Major economies such as France, Germany, and Italy expect subdued growth rates (1.3%, 0.9%, and 0.8%, respectively) due to industrial and fiscal challenges.
  • Oceania: Economic growth, particularly in Australia, remains sluggish with a 1.4% projection for 2024, continuing a trend of lackluster performance.

In light of these projections, stakeholders are urged to address structural issues for a more inclusive and sustainable path to recovery.

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By: Montel Kamau

Serrari Financial Analyst

23rd April, 2024

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