April 10, 2017 / 5:30 PM / 7 months ago

IMF more upbeat about global economy this year than in 2016

BERLIN (Reuters) - The International Monetary Fund sees a more favorable outlook for the global economy this year and next than in 2016, but it has concerns beyond the near term, IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde said on Monday.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel (R) and Managing Director of the IMF Christine Lagarde arrive at news conference following a meeting of the heads of international economy and finance organisations at the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany, April 10, 2017. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke

“Our forecast for 2017 and 2018 is certainly more favorable than what we have seen in 2016, and probably a bit more so than we had forecast previously,” she said before the IMF releases its world economic outlook later this month.

“So there is a positive short-term outlook on the horizon, which is unfortunately tainted by the risks that are still there, and that lead us to be concerned about the risk of complacency,” Lagarde added.

“I have also identified two key concerns that we at the IMF have: one is persistent low productivity and, second, excessive inequalities that grow together with that low productivity,” she said after meeting the chiefs of other leading global economic organizations and German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin.

On the influence of U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration, Merkel said she had no reason to believe the IMF’s mission was endangered in any way.

Reporting by Gernot Heller; Writing by Paul Carrel; editing by Erik Kirschbaum, Larry King

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