KEPE: At 4.3% growth in 2022

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The figures reflect a strong positive momentum in the economy, as the impact of adverse developments related to the war, inflationary pressures and growing uncertainty had manifested up to that point in only a limited number of variables.

At 4.3%, the average annual rate of change is forecast of the real Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of Greece for the year 2022, according to the forecasts of the model of factors for short-term GDP outlook of the Greek economy announced today by the Center for Planning and Economic Research (KEPE).

This estimate incorporates the latest available data on the development of economic activity in the first quarter of 2022. This data largely reflects the maintenance of a strongly positive dynamic in the economy, as the impact of adverse developments related to the war, inflation pressures and growing uncertainty had manifested up to that point only in a limited number of variables.

The current situation is characterized by successive developments, which exert counterbalancing forces in the economy and make it difficult to forecast GDP. On the one hand, the improvement of conditions on the pandemic front favors the further recovery of important sectors of the economy. On the other hand, the war in Ukraine, and the general climate of geopolitical tensions that prevail, have led to a revision of the initial estimates for the course of the European economy, restoring uncertainty, boosting energy costs, intensifying product price increases and disrupting supply chains in critical areas. In this context, the rate of change of Greece’s GDP is also influenced by the policy interventions applied to deal with emergencies, in combination with already launched policy actions, such as the gradual implementation of the projects of the Recovery and Resilience Fund.

Based on the special conditions prevailing due to the war and the general climate of geopolitical tensions, the above forecast for the evolution of the real GDP of Greece subject to a significant degree of uncertainty. At present, the risks of a less favorable outcome than forecast are many, and include any further adverse developments in terms of geopolitics, financial conditions, inflation, energy prices, and epidemiological conditions, as the pandemic remains a threat to the international economy. On the other hand, the effects of a strong recovery of the Greek tourism sector, the implementation of the projects of the Recovery and Sustainability Fund and the intensification of investments related to digitization, energy savings could contribute to a more favorable GDP development. and reducing energy dependence.

Source: ΑΠΕ-ΜΠΕ

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