Singapore’s GDP to grow 2.1% this year: IMF

By VNA   May 17, 2024 | 04:17 pm PT
Singapore’s GDP to grow 2.1% this year: IMF
Singapore’s economy is expected to grow by 2.1% in 2024. Illustration photo by Pixabay
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) predicted that the recovery in manufacturing, tourism and consumer-facing services will create momentum for Singapore’s economy to grow by 2.1% in 2024, a pickup from 1.1% last year.

An IMF team led by Masahiro Nozaki projected this city state's headline and core inflation will moderate to 3% this year, with the latter expected to stabilize at around 2% by 2025.

According to Nozaki, inflation in Singapore tends to persist due to uncertainties in global energy and food prices as well as rising labor costs. He called on the country to maintain a tight monetary policy until inflationary pressure eases, and to adjust the policy in a timely manner to stabilize prices once there are firm signs of disinflation.

The expert also noted the support program that the Singaporean Government is providing for vulnerable households and firms is appropriate and will complement the tight monetary policy stance.

The IMF team believes that with strong public finance and the balanced budget rule, Singapore can address future risks and medium- and long-run spending needs arising from the rapidly aging population, demand for higher productivity and climate-change risks.

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