India to overtake France, Britain to become world’s fifth largest economy in 2018 – Cebr

According to a report on Tuesday, it reported that India is set to surpass the United Kingdom and France to become the world’s fifth largest economy next year.

The country currently ranked seventh will move up to fifth place come 2018 and ranked 3rd by 2032 , the Centre for Economics and Business Research, a London-based consultancy, said in its annual rankings.

In the first quarter of the current financial year, the Indian economy hit a three-year low, after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s snap decision in November 2016 to scrap high-value banknotes and following a tax overhaul.

Growth slumped to 5.7 percent for the three months ending June but recovered slightly to 6.3 percent for the quarter ending September.

“Despite temporary setbacks… India’s economy has still caught up with that of France and the UK and in 2018 will have overtaken them both to become the world’s fifth largest economy in dollar terms,” said CEBR deputy chairman Douglas McWilliams.

Cheap energy and a digital revolution will drive economic growth globally, the report said. The world’s growth will be dominated by Asian economies, including India, China and Japan.

The United States, the world’s largest economy, will be overtaken by China in 2030, the report forecast, adding India would take that spot “at some time in the second half of this century”.

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