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Coronavirus could damage global growth in 2020: IMF

first_imgThe coronavirus epidemic could damage global economic growth this year, the IMF head said Sunday, but a sharp and rapid economic rebound could follow.”There may be a cut that we are still hoping would be in the 0.1-0.2 percentage space,” the managing director of the International Monetary Fund, Kristalina Georgieva, told the Global Women’s Forum in Dubai.She said the full impact of the spreading disease that has already killed more than 1,600 people would depend on how quickly it was contained. If the disease is “contained rapidly, there can be a sharp drop and a very rapid rebound”, in what is known as the V-shaped impact, she said.Compared to the impact of the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) in 2002, she said China’s economy then made up just 8.0 percent of global economy. Now, that figure is 19 percent.She said the trade agreement between the United States and China, the world’s first and second economies, had reduced the disease’s impact on global economy.But the world should be concerned “about sluggish growth” impacted by uncertainty, said the IMF chief.”We are now stuck with low productivity growth, low economic growth, low interest rates and low inflation,” she told the Dubai forum, also attended by US President Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka and former British prime minister Theresa May.Topics : “I advise everybody not to jump to premature conclusions. There is still a great deal of uncertainty. We operate with scenarios, not yet with projections, ask me in 10 days,” Georgieva said.In its January update to the World Economic Outlook, the IMF lowered global economic growth forecast in 2020 by a 0.1 percentage point to 3.3 percent, following a 2.9 percent growth the previous year, the lowest in a decade.Georgieva said it was “too early” to assess the full impact of the epidemic but acknowledged that it had already affected sectors such as tourism and transportation.”It is too early to say because we don’t yet quite know what is the nature of this virus. We don’t know how quickly China will be able to contain it. We don’t know whether it will spread to the rest of the world,” she said.last_img read more

Mirza Teletović and Nihad Đedović among Three Most Effective Players of the Championship

first_imgAlthough the national team of Bosnia and Herzegovina after the first stage of the competition left the European championship in basketball, its representatives Mirza Teletović and Nihad Đedović remained among the top three most effective players in that part of championship, although they played less games than most players of other teams.Mirza Teletovic is the second one in FIBA‘s list of the most effective players with an average of 21points per game. Better than Teletović is the Swede JefferyTaylor,who achieved 0.2points more. Third on the list is the representative of Bosnia and Herzegovina Nihad Đedović, who achieved an average of 17.8 points per game.(Source: Depo.ba)last_img

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