World Bank sees East Asia and Pacific growth fall to 0.5% in 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic will shrink the global economy by 5.2 per cent this year, representing the deepest recession since World War Two, and triggering a dramatic rise in extreme poverty, the World Bank said Monday in its latest Global Economic Prospects report.

Emerging market and developing economies are due to shrink by 2.5 per cent – their first contraction as a group in at least 60 years. Per capita incomes, meanwhile, are forecast to fall by 3.6 per cent – tipping millions into extreme poverty.

Per-capita output will contract in more than 90% of countries, the biggest share since 1870. This decline may push 70 million to 100 million people into extreme poverty, Ceyla Pazarbazioglu, the World Bank’s vice president of equitable growth, finance and institutions, told reporters by phone.

Emerging and developing economies will shrink 2.5%, their worst performance in data that starts in 1960, it said.

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Growth in the region is projected to fall to 0.5% in 2020, the lowest rate since 1967

The East Asia and Pacific regional economy has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic through both domestic and external channels.

Growth in the region is projected to fall to 0.5% in 2020, the lowest rate since 1967, reflecting disruptions caused by the pandemic. China is expected to…

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