CEBR: Bangladesh economy to outshine Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong by 2024
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The population of Bangladesh increased at a rate of 1% per year since 2014
Bangladesh’s economy will surpass that of Malaysia, Hong Kong and Singapore with its presence as the 30th largest economy in the world by 2024.
Bangladesh’s economy will further climb from the 40th place in the World Economic League Table in 2020 to 26th and 25th position respectively by 2029 and 2034, says a global report released by the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR).
The World Economic League Table 2020 with forecasts for 193 countries to 2034 was published recently, reports UNB.
With a Purchasing Power Parity (PPP) adjusted Gross Domestic Product (GDP) per capita of $5,028 in 2019, Bangladesh is a lower middle-income country, said CEBR.
Bangladesh’s economy performed well last year, recording a 7.8% growth, according to the report. The country recorded 7.9% growth in 2018.
The population increased at a rate of 1% per year since 2014. This has meant that per capita incomes have grown considerably in recent years. The government debt as a share of GDP rose to 34.6% last year. This is up from 34% in 2018.
Despite this increase, the public sector finances remain in good shape. The relatively low debt burden has provided the government with the fiscal headroom to operate a budget deficit of 4.8% in 2019.
The newly installed 20th span of the Padma Multipurpose Bridge | Dhaka Tribune
The annual rate of GDP growth is forecast to slow to an average of 7.3% between 2020 and 2025, according to the report.
Over the subsequent nine years, CEBR forecasts that the economy will remain at this impressive rate, which will see Bangladesh climb from 40th place in the World Economic League Table in 2020 to 25th place by 2034.
The largest economy
China is predicted to become the world’s largest economy in 2033, overtaking the US with growth boosted by technology. India, on the other hand, is predicted to overtake Germany to become the world’s fourth largest economy in 2026 and overtake Japan to become the world’s third largest economy in 2034.
China’s population is forecast to peak at 1,416.4 million in 2028 before falling to about 1 billion by 2100.
In addition, this demography means that the population is likely to age substantially as well. India’s population is expected to overtake China’s in 2027, according to the UN.
The report says they expect the trend rate of growth for China to be 5.4% annually from 2019-24 and 5.2% annually from 2024-29 and 4.3% annually from 2029-34.
On India, they expect the trend rate of growth for India to be 5.5% annually from 2019-24 and 6.1% annually from 2024-29 and 6.1% annually from 2029-34.