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IMF lowers India's growth forecast to 6.9%

Cautioning that governance concerns have weakened business sentiment in the country, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Friday lowered India's growth projection to 6.9 per cent for 2012.

The IMF in January pegged Indian economic growth to expand 7 per cent for this year.

'In India, the lowered growth outlook in 2012 owes much to a slowdown of investment which partly reflects structural factors,' the multilateral agency said. IMF called for renewed efforts to revive the 'flagging' structural reform agenda.

Apart from some financial reforms and measures to broaden the use of public-private partnerships announced in the 2012-13 budget, the implementation of reforms related to infrastructure is likely to proceed slowly, it noted.

IMF's Asia-Pacific Regional Economic Outlook released also pointed out that domestic factors too have played a role in India's growth slowdown over the second half of 2011.

'Concerns about governance and slow project approvals by the government have weakened business sentiment, which in turn has adversely affected investment, along with cyclical factors such as global uncertainty and policy tightening,' IMF said.

However, the multilateral agency has retained India's growth estimate at 7.3 per cent for 2013. As per the IMF, the national economy grew by 7.1 per cent last year.

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