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High inflation a problem; volatility in EMs more likely to have an effect on India: US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen in india

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Inflation, India-US Economic and Financial Partnership, Janet Yellen, Nirmala Sitharaman, Business news, Indian express, Current Affairs

Listing inflation, headwinds of elevated commodity costs and supply-side disruptions as a result of Russia-Ukraine battle as a problem for the worldwide financial outlook, India and US mentioned they’ll collaborate to fulfill essentially the most urgent international challenges on the ninth assembly of the India-US Economic and Financial Partnership.

Talking about international financial scenario, US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen mentioned excessive inflation is a problem that many superior and creating nations face in frequent and that the central banks are at first making an attempt to cope with these issues.

“In part, this inflation reflects the spillover of Russia’s brutal war in Ukraine, which is boosting energy and food prices and for many emerging markets that have found themselves with high debts and high interest rates. The cost of moving higher energy and food costs are the things that have made debt unsustainable for some of them. So I think that is something we will have to deal with going forward and figuring out a way to ease these debt burdens,” Yellen added.

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman mentioned although the inflation quantity is in a “manageable range”, the challenges are “largely due to the import of crude”.

“The volatility in the emerging markets is going to affect India and that is one thing that we are keenly watching. The external factors causing a stress on inflation is something that we have to be mindful of,” she added.

Given the aggressive value of labour within the nation, Sitharaman mentioned it’s time for concrete plans and companies to return collectively, to have switch of sure applied sciences with out hesitation. “It is not that the US will be completely outsourced to India, but by locating some of them in India, you will get cost-effective labour. The labour costs are still competitive when compared to many other countries. So this is a time for concrete plans, to have guidance given to businesses to come together, to have transfer of certain technologies without hesitation to joint venture partners so that you can do business without any insecurity. So, this would be the best time for investments to come in,” she mentioned.

When requested about cryptocurrencies in an interactive session with the business leaders and economists, Yellen mentioned that worldwide collaboration is vital to cope with illicit finance and cross-border funds.

“This has been a tremendous focus for the Biden administration and we have made a good deal of progress at least dealing with the issues of illicit finance in connection with cryptocurrencies in the US…this is an area where international collaboration is really important among public authorities, private sector and other stakeholders,” she mentioned.

“We need a high regulatory standard globally and take steps to reduce the cost of cross-border payments. We are actively working in the context of financial stability with Financial Action Task Force and multilateral banks like IMF to really address on global basis the risks and some of the benefits from cryptocurrencies,” Yellen added.

The joint assertion launched after the session acknowledged that discussions had been held between the 2 nations on the macroeconomic outlook, provide chain resilience, local weather finance, multilateral engagement, international debt vulnerabilities, anti-money laundering and combating the financing of terrorism.

India and the US agreed to work collectively for arriving at a “new collective quantified goal from a floor of $100 billion annually for the post 2025 period, taking into account the needs and priorities of developing countries”. The nations additionally mentioned mutual collaboration in sharing of knowledge to sort out offshore tax evasion. The two sides will proceed to interact in discussions regarding the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) for sharing of monetary account data, the assertion added.