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Global Trade Expected To Return To Growth In 2024

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Global Trade Expected To Return To Growth In 2024

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Global merchandise trade is expected to return to growth this year following a steeper than expected contraction due to high energy prices and inflation in 2023, according to a World Trade Organization (WTO) report released on Wednesday.

World merchandise trade volume will grow 2.6 percent in 2024 and 3.3 percent in 2025, after having decreased 1.2 percent last year, the WTO projected in its Global Trade Outlook and Statistics report.

However, it warned that the regional conflicts and geopolitical tensions which spur food and energy prices up, as well as economic policy uncertainty, pose substantial downside risks to the forecast.

Africa’s exports are expected to increase faster than any other region this year, by 5.3 percent; however, this is from a low base.

The WTO estimates global gross domestic product (GDP) growth at market exchange rates to remain mostly stable at 2.6 percent in 2024 and 2.7 percent in 2025, after slowing to 2.7 percent in 2023 from 3.1 percent in 2022.

In 2024 and 2025, inflation is expected to gradually abate, allowing real incomes to grow again in advanced economies, boosting consumption of manufactured goods, read the report. (PNA)