Asian Development Bank forecasts slower growth for China and India following emergence of new coronavirus variant.
The Asian Development Bank (ABD) has cut its economic growth forecast for developing Asia for this year and next due to the emergence of the Omicron coronavirus variant.
In its latest outlook published on Tuesday, the Manila-based development bank forecast the region’s emerging economies would grow 7 percent in 2021 and 5.3 percent in 2022, down 0.1 percent from its previous estimate.
The bank cited a resurgence of COVID-19 cases due to the Omicron variant as the biggest risk to the region’s recovery, with other dangers including a prolonged slowdown in China’s housing market, rising inflation and global supply chain disruptions.
Among the major economies looked at, the ABD trimmed China’s growth forecast to 8 percent in 2021 and 5.3 percent next year, down 0.1 percent and 0.2, respectively, from its September…