WHICH COUNTRY IS GROWING FASTEST – HAS THE WORLD’S FASTEST GROWING ECONOMY?
We all know China’s growth is slowing. Last week, China’s Vice-Premier Zhang Gaoli indicated the country is on pace to match its growth target of 6.5 percent to 7.0 percent for 2016. As we’ve mentioned before, the Conference Board believes Chinese government growth numbers are inflated. It estimates China’s true growth rate at 3.7 percent for 2016, which is unchanged from 2015. That’s still a lot faster than the 2.0 percent growth projected for the world’s advanced economies by the World Economic Forum (WEF).
Advanced countries may be lagging, but there are countries in the world with economies that are growing apace. According to the WEF, countries that will deliver the strongest economic growth during 2016 include:
- Myanmar (8.6 percent)
- Ivory Coast (8.5 percent)
- Bhutan (8.4 percent)
- India (7.5 percent)
- Laos (7.4 percent)
- Iraq (7.2 percent)
- Cambodia (7.0 percent)
- Tanzania (6.9 percent)
- Bangladesh (6.6 percent)
- Senegal (6.6 percent)
These projections reflect gross domestic product growth, which is the total of all goods and services produced in a nation, and offer little insight to issues such as well-being and quality of life.
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“I hope it is true that a man can die and yet not only live in others but give them life, and not only life, but that great consciousness of life.”
–Jack Kerouac, American novelist