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India a bright spot, pleased with progress under Modi: Kim

The World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim met Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Power Minister Piyush Goyal and Commerce Minister Nirmala Sitharaman today and discussed ways to increase funding in various projects, especially renewable energy sector.

"We are extremely pleased with the progress that's been made in six priority areas. Prime Minister Modi and his entire Cabinet have set extremely difficult and important targets. I have been so pleasantly surprised how much progress that has been made," Kim told reporters here.

He said the World Bank lending has gone up tremendously over the last two years to over USD 5 billion and that would continue for the next few years.

"India's growth that is now at 7.6 per cent is a true bright spot and one of the few bright spots in the global economy," Kim said, adding India can act as a lesson for both developing and even developed countries.

Talking to reporters after the meeting, Jaitley said the discussions on global and economic situation and opportunities for World Bank to finance development projects figured in the meeting.

There is a pipeline of projects in India which needs a lot of developmental finance, he said, adding World Bank has been in the forefront assisting in those programmes.

"With regard to ease of doing business ranking, we have given our viewpoint to the World Bank. Their teams will separately be coming to India to assess the progress that we made in this regard," Jaitley said.

India ranks 130th out of 189 economies on the World Bank's Doing Business report, which is topped by Singapore as the easiest country in which to do business. Though India has moved four places up, it ranks way below China, which is placed at 84th position.
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