L’Inde rêve d’une croissance à la chinoise

SÉOUL – Ces dernières années, la Chine et l’inde ont toutes deux émergé en tant que superpuissances économiques mondiales, la Chine occupant toutefois la première place. Mais à l’heure où ralentit la croissance chinoise, et où la nécessité de réforme structurelle s’y fait de plus en plus pressante, les efforts du nouveau Premier ministre indien Narendra Modi en matière de réforme économique peuvent-ils lui permettre d’espérer voir l’Inde rattraper la Chine ?

Depuis les année s1980, la Chine connaît une croissance économique sans précédent, alimentée par une abondante main-d’œuvre à bas coût, de forts taux d’épargne et d’investissement, d’importantes réformes du marché, des politiques axées sur l’extérieur, ainsi que par une prudente gestion macroéconomique. Ses dirigeants aspirent désormais au statut de pays à revenu élevé, en développant pour cela des industries plus abouties sur le plan technologique.

Les performances économiques de l’Inde se sont révélées moins spectaculaires. La croissance économique a commencé à fortement s’accélérer au début des années 1990, grâce à la libéralisation du commerce et à d’autres réformes économiques. Ces réformes se sont par la suite relâchées, les déficits du budget et de la balance courante ont explosé, et la croissance annuelle du PIB est retombée aux alentours de 4 à 5%.

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