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World Bank Raises Polish GDP Growth Forecast

World Bank Raises Polish GDP Growth ForecastWorld Bank Raises Polish GDP Growth Forecast

The World Bank said it has raised its forecast for Poland’s 2018 gross domestic product growth to 4.2% from 4% seen at the beginning of the year, with the expansion expected to be fuelled by private consumption and investments.

“Economic growth in 2018 in Poland is projected to reach 4.2%, compared to 4.6% last year. ... Looking ahead, the Polish economy will probably grow at less than 4%—with 3.7% growth forecast in 2019 and 3.5% in 2020,” the bank said, Reuters reported.

“Record-low unemployment is stimulating wage increases and supporting consumption. Also, investments are trending up,” Carlos Pinerua, World Bank Country Manager for Poland and the Baltic States, was quoted as saying in the bank’s statement.

In its January forecast, the bank projected Poland’s growth at 4% in 2018, 3.5% in 2019, and 3.1% in 2020.

But the bank pointed out risks that threaten Polish economic development such as labor force shortages in sectors like construction and IT. “Additionally, in the medium term, the outlook for public finance may deteriorate due to large social spending and shifting demographics. Also, election time is drawing near, which often stimulates spending,” the bank said.

The World Bank anticipates a 2% of GDP budget deficit in 2018 and forecasts that the deficit may approach the 3% threshold in 2020.

The current account is likely to return to a small deficit of 0.3% of GDP in 2018, as opposed to a small surplus in 2017, as robust household consumption, higher investment, and a firming in global commodity markets push the volume and cost of imports up.

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