04-14-2020

IMF says the world will ‘very likely’ experience worst recession since the 1930s


  • The Washington-based organization expects the global economy to contract by 3% in 2020.
  • The Fund expects a “partial recovery” in 2021, but this is conditional on an improvement in the health crisis.

The global economy will this year likely suffer the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression, the International Monetary Fund said Tuesday, as governments worldwide grapple with the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Washington-based organization now expects the global economy to contract by 3% in 2020. By contrast, in January it had forecast a global GDP (gross domestic product) expansion of 3.3% for this year.

“It is very likely that this year the global economy will experience its worst recession since the Great Depression, surpassing that seen during the global financial crisis a decade ago,” Gita Gopinath, the IMF’s chief economist, said in the latest World Economic Outlook report.
Author: Monetary Gold