The World Bank has announced on Wednesday of a possible slump in global economic growth and urged developing countries to prepare for shocks that could be more severe than the 2008 crisis.
Global growth could be hurt by a recession in Europe and a slowdown in
India, Brazil and other developing countries, the Washington-based bank
said. It said conditions might worsen if more European countries are
unable to raise money in financial markets.
Analysts cut its growth forecast for developing countries this year to 5.4% from 6.2%; developed countries were reduced to 1.4% from 2.7%. For the 17 countries that use the euro currency, it forecast a contraction, cutting their growth outlook to -0.3 percent from 1.8 percent.