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OECD cuts 2023 global growth to 2.2% amid monetary tightening

'Bold, well-designed and well-coordinated policies' needed worldwide, says body

Growth will pick up in China, the world's second-largest economy, to 4.7% next year from 3.2% this year, according to the OECD forecast.    © Reuters

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The global economy will likely grow 2.2% in 2023, slower than the 2.8% projected earlier, weighed down by monetary tightening in advanced economies to fight inflation, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development said Monday.

Japan will see growth of 1.4% next year, slower than the 1.8% expansion previously forecast in June, the OECD's economic outlook report showed, even as the Bank of Japan is in no rush to tweak its ultralow rate policy.

Global economic growth stalled in the second quarter of 2022 as Russia's war against Ukraine has lifted energy, food and other raw material prices to the detriment of consumers.

The OECD said that an extended period of "subdued growth" is projected amid prospects for further monetary tightening in major economies.

"While it is likely that growth in the third quarter has been positive, helped by a pickup in China, a number of indicators have taken a turn for the worse, and the global growth outlook has darkened," the OECD said.

This year, the U.S. and Japanese economies will likely see slower growth than previously estimated, at 1.5% and 1.6%, respectively.

Growth will pick up in China, the world's second-largest economy, to 4.7% next year from 3.2% this year, though at a slower pace than earlier forecast.

The OECD expects the eurozone economy to grow 3.1% this year but to slow sharply to 0.3% next year. Europe, whose dependence on Russian energy is high, has been taking a hit from surging prices.

Accelerating inflation has become a headache for policymakers in many parts of the world, though the pace of increase has varied.

"This challenging economic situation requires bold, well-designed and well-coordinated policies. High inflation and the energy crisis are particularly urgent," OECD Secretary General Mathias Cormann said in a press briefing.

"Monetary policy will need to continue to tighten in most major economies to tame inflation durably," he said, adding that failure to act now will result in "more costly and more painful" future policy actions.

Inflation in the United States, where the Federal Reserve has been aggressively raising interest rates, will rise 6.2% this year and then 3.4% next year, the report said.

The OECD expects headline inflation for Japan to gain 2.2% this year and then 2.0% next year, both revised slightly upward from June. The BOJ has taken the view that the recent cost-push inflation will not last long, and Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda expects core consumer inflation, excluding volatile fresh food items, to undershoot its 2% target in the next fiscal year from April.

The euro area is forecast to see inflation jump 8.1% this year and 6.2% next year, the Interim Economic Outlook report showed.

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