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Gita Gopinath, economic counsellor and director of the Research Department at the International Monetary Fund, warned on Tuesday that the coronavirus pandemic is a crisis ‘like no other’ facing the global economy.

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has projected that Nigeria’s economy will drop by 3.4% in 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic that has affected global supply chains.

The International Monetary Fund on Tuesday said that Nigeria could be heading for its worst recession in 30 years due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The economic downturn is one of the effects of the Coronavirus pandemic predicted by experts around the world.

According to the IMF, Nigeria’s economy will drop by 3.4 percent in 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The international organization made the projection in its April 2020 World Economic Outlook report released on Tuesday in Washington, United States. 

IMF Chief Economist and Director of Research Department, Gita Gopinath, said, “For the first time since the Great Depression, both the advanced economies and emerging and developing economies are in a recession.

“For 2020, growth in advanced economies is projected at -6 percent. Emerging markets and developing economies that typically have normal growth levels well above advanced economies are also projected to have negative growth of -1 percent and -2.2 percent if you exclude China.”

The Nigerian economy is however, projected to bounce back by 2.4 percent in 2021.


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