Doha, 22 December 2014- QNB Group has published its India Economic Insight 2014. The report examined recent developments and the outlook for the Indian economy and the potentially positive impact of the Modi administration’s reform agenda.
According to the report, the implementation of Modi’s reform agenda is expected to unleash India’s growth potential; real GDP growth is forecast to accelerate to 6.3% in 2015/16 and 6.8% in 2016/17 as reforms start to pay dividends.
The Modi administration has identified a number of priority areas for reforms including phasing out food and energy subsidies; easing land acquisition laws; reviving the power sector; introducing a uniform federal sales tax and reforming the labour market.
The majority of the reforms are projected to be implemented during the 2015/16 budget, thus starting to pay dividends over the next two years by increasing investments in the economy.
CPI inflation is forecast to reach the target set by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) of 6.0% by January 2016 on continued tight monetary policy and favourable external conditions.
Labour market reforms are expected to reduce inflation by increasing labour force participation and lowering wage inflationary pressures.
Falling international oil prices and a good monsoon season are likely to moderate energy and food price inflation (comprising half of the CPI basket) in the short term.
The current account deficit is projected to decline to 1.1% of GDP by 2016/17 on further INR depreciation and tighter fiscal policy.
The implementation of reforms is expected to attract additional foreign investments, implying that the financial account is likely to enjoy a healthy surplus.
The accumulation of international reserves is projected to rise to 7.9 months of import cover by end-March 2017, supported by smaller current account deficits and larger net capital inflows.
Double-digit growth in assets, loans and deposits is expected to continue at least until 2016/17, reflecting further banking penetration, higher economic activity and reduced corporate deleveraging.
Lending growth is expected to rebound and NPLs to fall in 2016/17 as structural reforms begin to materialise and banks’ balance sheets are cleaned up.
Deposit are expected to continue growing robustly, despite the slowdown in inflation driven by a high savings rate and the government’s financial inclusion initiative.
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