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IMF Upgrades S. Korea's 2021 Economic Growth Outlook to 3.1%

Write: 2021-01-27 08:46:54Update: 2021-01-27 09:43:25

IMF Upgrades S. Korea's 2021 Economic Growth Outlook to 3.1%

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The International Monetary Fund(IMF) on Tuesday upgraded its growth outlook for South Korea for this year.

In its latest World Economic Outlook report on Tuesday, the IMF said that the South Korean economy will grow three-point-one percent this year, compared with its October growth outlook of two-point-nine percent.

The Finance Ministry said the upgraded projection reflects the IMF's positive assessment of South Korea's quarantine efforts and active policy responses to fight the epidemic.  

The IMF, however, lowered its growth forecast for 2022 to two-point-nine percent, down point-two percentage points from its previous projection in October last year.  

The IMF projected the global economy will grow five-point-five percent this year, up point-three percentage points from its October projection, on the back of the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines and treatments.  

It said advanced nations were expected to grow four-point-three percent, up point-four percentage points, this year while emerging and developing nations were projected to grow six-point-three percent, up point-three percentage points.

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