World Bank warns of lost decade in global growth without ambitious policy changes

(VOVWORLD)  Average potential global economic growth will slump to a three-decade low of 2.2% per year through 2030, ushering in a "lost decade" for the world's economy, unless policymakers adopt ambitious initiatives to boost labor supply, productivity, and investment, the World Bank warned on Monday.

Failure to reverse the expected broad-based slowdown in GDP growth will have profound implications for the world’s ability to tackle climate change and reduce poverty, it said in a new report.

But concerted efforts to boost investment in sustainable sectors, cut trade costs, leverage growth in services, and expand labor force participation could boost GDP growth to as much as 2.9%, the report said.

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