World Bank Praises Indian Reforms

India’s newly-elected leader Narendra Modi can count one important official as a big fan: The president of the World Bank.

Jim Yong Kim said at the World Economic Forum on Saturday that the new Indian prime minister is making “extremely promising” reforms.

Kim spoke on the final panel discussion of the conference in Davos, Switzerland. He cited Modi’s efforts to reduce economic bureaucracy, such as allowing the trucking of goods between Indian states without checks.

Kim also noted how low oil prices would help boost economic growth in countries like India that are net importers of fuel. The World Bank chief’s comments came during a panel discussion hosted by CNBC’s Geoff Cutmore, “The Global Agenda 2015.”

Modi was elected in a landslide victory last May, and has earned widespread plaudits for his program of economic reform. Kim’s remarks in Davos presaged a visit there by U.S. President Barack Obama, who on Sunday appeared with Modi to unveil plans to boost nuclear trade and a strategic defense partnership with one of the largest emerging economies in the world.

The World Bank projects gross domestic product growth in India of 6.4 percent in 2015, up from 5.6 percent in 2014 and 5.0 percent in 2013. That figure is expected to be even higher for 2016 at a full 7 percent.

via CNBC

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