Asia to drive global growth in 2018: Deloitte

Updated 2018-03-13 16:46:00 Xinhua

Improving domestic conditions along with a number of large scale infrastructure initiatives will see Asia drive global growth in 2018, Deloitte Access Economics in Australia said in a new report on Tuesday.

While the recently imposed tariffs on steel and aluminium pose a number of possible risks to the global economy, the firm's lead partner Stephen Smith warned that people should not be "mesmerised" by Washington's controversial policy.

"Global financial conditions remain accommodative and capital flows in emerging and developing economies have returned," he said.

"The global economy seems set for a new investment cycle, which will bolster the rebound."

Central to the success of the region will be the performance of China.

According to the report, countries like Australia could face significant challenges "if exposed to downside risks from China."

"Importantly, however, our baseline scenario is for China to continue its impressive performance," Smith said.

Although emerging consumer markets across Asia are predicted to make up a large part of the world's growth, a number of infrastructure projects throughout the region will play a massive role.

Deloitte China economist Xu Sitao said China's Belt and Road Initiative, which aims to improve land and sea trading routes across the world, will be a vital in boosting productivity in Asia.

"Even though it's in its early stages, a number of infrastructure deals have already been signed under the initiative," Xu said.

"It will create jobs and business opportunities across the region in the short term, as well as improve the movement of goods across economies and support business productivity in the long term."

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