Medilytix Bureau:

The global economic fallout of the war in Ukraine is expected to negatively impact India’s economy, while the immediate impact of the conflict on China is likely to be relatively small, the IMF said on Thursday.

The global economic fallout of the war is expected to negatively impact India’s economy through a number of channels, which differ from those impacting the Indian economy during COVID-19, Gerry Rice, International Monetary Fund’s Director of the Communications Department, told reporters here.

Rice said the sharp rise in global oil prices represents an important trade shock with macro-economic implications.

It will lead to higher inflation and current account deficit, he said as Russia launched a “special military operation” against Ukraine on February 24.

But the impact on the current account could potentially be partially offset by favourable movements in prices of commodities that India exports, for example, wheat, he said.

Rice said that the negative impact of the war in Ukraine on the US, the EU and Chinese economies could dampen external demand for India’s exports, while supply chain disruptions could negatively impact India’s import volumes and prices.

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