Deputy Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund, Gita Gopinath on Sunday said India’s contribution to global GDP is around 15 percent. In an exclusive interview with ‘India Today’s’ News Director Rahul Kanwal, the economist also said India will become the third-largest economy by 2027-28, based on current projections.
Calling India an “engine of global growth”, Gopinath, however, said that there is a lot more work that needs to be done.
“The more important thing is to maintain a high growth momentum for many more years in just the next four or five years. And that will require structural reforms. India is a large country, so in per capita terms, that will still be a small number even if we’re the third largest economy. So India needs to keep pushing on that front to keep the growth momentum going much more,” said the economist.
She said that the expected growth rate of the country for the current fiscal year is over six per cent. According to the economist, the two factors which are driving the growth are public investment and resilient consumption spending.
Gopinath stressed the need to attract private investment to increase the levels of per capita income and to get to continued high levels of growth. In order to enable an environment for private investment, it is imperative that the investment in public infrastructure continues.