We expect Frontier Asia to remain broadly resilient to the COVID-19 shock. Loose monetary and fiscal policies will extend into ‘21 and support growth. However, tourism will continue to weigh on growth and current accounts. Trade tensions and growing debt are the key risks to their economic outlook.
The global debt-to-GDP ratio hit a new all-time high of over 322% in Q3 2019, with total debt reaching close to $253 trillion. Global debt is set to grow faster in 2020 and is estimated to exceed $257 trillion by the end of Q1 2020, driven mainly by non-financial sector debt.