India PM: global recovery still fragile
INDIA: Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh warned Friday that
the global economic recovery was still fragile as he headed for a G20
summit of world leaders in Canada.
Singh’s warning came as European countries including Britain, France
and Germany press ahead with stiff spending cuts despite US fears that
slashing budgets too quickly could threaten the nascent pick-up in
The Indian leader said coordinated policy actions taken by the Group
of 20 rich and emerging nations since the first summit in Washington in
November 2008 had helped prevent a repetition of the deepest recession
since the 1930s.
The actions have “also contributed to global economic recovery. This
is a sign of the G20’s success. At the same time, we have to be
conscious that the recovery is still fragile and uneven,” Singh said.
“New worrying signs have emerged in the eurozone,” Singh said,
referring to the eurozone public debt crisis that has engulfed Greece
and threatens other overspending European countries. The G20 summit,
whose theme is “Recovery and the New Beginning,” takes place in Toronto
on Saturday and Sunday. Singh said the summit should aim to ensure that
global recovery is durable, balanced and sustainable.
New Delhi, Friday, AFP