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India has been able to restore activity faster than many economies: Gita Gopinath, IMF Chief Economist

Gopinath also said that a larger budget deficit than what India usually has can be expected.

January 27, 2021 / 11:34 PM IST
Gita Gopinath

Gita Gopinath

Gita Gopinath, the Chief Economist of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), said that India has entered 2021 with better prospects than what was expected last year and has been able to restore activity faster than many economies.

Gopinath further said that a larger budget deficit than what India usually has can be expected.

In an interview with CNBC-TV18, Gopinath also said that the country must now focus on improving the efficiency of Goods and Services Tax (GST) collections, divestments. She added that as growth returns, the deficit will come down gradually.

"Too soon to say if trade tensions-related risks have eased," she told CNBC-TV18.