‘World economy could contract by 11pc in first-half 2020’

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DUBAI: Blackrock’s Managing Director Amer Bisat said on Wednesday that the world economy could contract by 11pc in the first half of 2020 and lose $6 trillion in economic output due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Conservatively, 5 million jobs could be lost in that period and it would be worse when taking into account under-employment, reduced hours and reduced wages, Bisat said during a virtual panel discussion moderated by the Carnegie Middle East Centre.

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