The International Monetary Fund (IMF) expects Belgium’s gross domestic product (GDP) to fall by 6.9% in 2020, due to the new coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis.
In 2021, the Belgian economy should return to growth and rebound by 4.6%, the IMF said in its latest economic outlook published on Tuesday.
In 2019, Belgian growth had reached +1.4%.
The IMF also forecasts a very low level of inflation in 2020 in Belgium (+0.3%), with price rises expected to accelerate slightly in 2021 (+1.1%).
The unemployment rate, set at 5.4% in 2019, is expected to rise by almost 2 points this year (7.3%), before declining somewhat next year (6.8%), according to the IMF.
The Brussels Times