According to an OECD analysis released this spring, the global gross domestic product (GDP) would grow by 5.6 percent this year, and by 4 percent in 2022. If vaccination rollout is slow and the virus remains in high circulation with a variant, global GDP could be about 2 percent below the main projection by late 2022, stressed OECD chief.
ATHENS, May 14 (ChinaEuropeNet)-- The global economic outlook has improved in recent months, but uncertainty remains very high, Angel Gurria, secretary-general of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), told a forum here on Friday."The pace of the recovery still depends on the speed of vaccination," he said, addressing the ongoing Delphi Economic Forum VI.According to an OECD analysis released this spring, the global gross domestic product (GDP) would grow by 5.6 percent this year, and by 4 percent in 2022. If vaccination rollout is slow and the virus remains in high circulation with a variant, global GDP could be about 2 percent below the main projection by late 2022, Gurria stressed.People visit the National Gallery in Athens, Greece, on May 14, 2021. All the museums in Greece reopened for the public on Friday as the strict measures against COVID-19 are lifted. (Xinhua/Marios Lolos)Many speakers at the forum, which runs from Monday till Saturday, agreed that trade plays a vital role in economic recovery. "It's important to open new ways and new routes with different regions in the world," said Eurico Brilhante Dias, Portuguese Secretary of State for Internationalization."The multilateral trade system is crucial to have a fairer, better trade with rules," he stressed. According to him, protectionism will not give more growth, more opportunities.One of the positive aspects of the COVID-19 crisis is that it accelerated digital transformation in many European Union countries including Greece, Margrethe Vestager, European Commission Executive Vice-President for a Europe fit for the Digital Age, told the forum, adding that digital transformation will also help recovery."Digital solutions enabled us to keep on working and member states to support businesses and citizens during the pandemic," she said.A health worker displays the COVID-19 vaccine at Sotiria Hospital in Athens, Greece, Dec. 27, 2020. (Xinhua/Marios Lolos)
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