Developing economies in Asia-Pacific to grow 4.8% in 2023, 2024: ADB

Developing Asian economies are projected to see their gross domestic product grow by 4.8 percent in 2023 and 2024, up from 4.2 percent in 2022, the Asian Development Bank said Tuesday.

According to the ADB, Developing Asia, which groups 46 economies in the Asia-Pacific region, excluding Japan, Australia and New Zealand, is set to see higher growth than last year due in part to China's removal of COVID-19 restrictions and solid domestic demand in India.

Inflation is expected to decelerate from 4.4 percent in 2022 to 4.2 percent this year and 3.3 percent next year, "gradually moving closer to pre-pandemic averages," the ADB said in its 2023 Asian Development Outlook.

"The People's Republic of China's exit from its zero-COVID strategy has brightened the region's outlook," said ADB Chief Economist Albert Park.

China's economy is forecast to grow 5.0 percent in 2023, up from 3.0 percent last year, while India is expected to grow 6.4 percent this year.

The ADB said weak global demand slowed production late last year, but recent business conditions signal improvement.

The bank warned of several risks to the region's outlook, however, such as an escalation of Russia's war in Ukraine, rising geopolitical tensions impacting trade and supply chains and the effects of climate change.

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