By Akerele Christabel 6:37 pm PST

The t global economy may soon grind to a halt if bold policy shifts are not implemented quickly, the World Bank warns.

The World Bank has released a report predicting that, if left unchecked, economic growth and poverty reduction improvements that have taken place since the 1990s will soon begin to reverse. This could lead to what they call a “lost decade” – low global GDP growth at an average of 2.2% annually, a decrease from the 3.5% average from 2000 to 2010. The combination of aging workforces and dwindling private investments are some of the causes of these impending economic risks. These factors, which once drove growth, are now at risk of disappearing by the end of the decade.

It has been thirty years of mostly rapid progress, but the global world economy is now facing a considerable slowdown. The chief economist of the World Bank, Indermit Gill says that “a lost decade could be in the making for the global economy.”

“The ongoing decline in potential growth has serious implications for the world’s ability to tackle the expanding array of challenges unique to our times—stubborn poverty, diverging incomes, and climate change,” Gill further stated. .

The report released by The World Bank referred to potential GDP growth as an economy’s “speed limit.” This is the most growth policymakers can aim for without risking inflation. This cap is always changing, and can be raised if productivity and economic activity climb. Right now, however, all major economic trends are headed in the opposite direction, with serious consequences for both wealthy and poorer nations.

World Bank president, David Malpass, stated, “Nearly all the economic forces that drove economic growth are in full retreat.” With the forces that drove the economic growth beating a hasty retreat, other, more harmful factors have now come up against the global economy. A short supply of labor , dwindling private investments, the COVID-19 pandemic and the Ukraine War have all negatively impacted the world’s economy.

An aging global labor force poses one of the more significant economic risks because it can lead to a decrease in economic output and productivity due to a lack of new, younger workers. This can lead to an increase in the cost of labor, lower levels of innovation, and a decrease in the overall competitiveness of the economy. It can also result in an increase in the cost of social services and pension programs, with fewer taxpayers to fund these services. An aging labor force can also lead to an increase in the unemployment rate, as older workers are less likely to be able to find new jobs and have to claim unemployment. . This, with its spiraingl effects, has contributed to the global economic meltdown.

Another significant catalyst to this looming economic decline is the dwindling private investment. When private investments dwindle, it can create a ripple effect that has a negative impact on the global economy as a whole. It signals a lack of confidence in the global economic environment and can decrease business activity, reduce consumer spending, and cause a decrease in jobs. This can therefore lead to a decrease in economic growth and an increase in poverty, which can have a further damaging effect on the economic stability in countries around the world.

The COVID pandemic has had a devastating impact on the global economy as well. Global economic growth has been severely impacted due to the pandemic, with many countries experiencing a contraction in their economic activity due to decreased spending of citizens and work shortages. The pandemic has exacerbated existing economic challenges such as high levels of unemployment and inequality, further reducing global economic growth.

Finally, the Ukraine War has caused a decline in the global economy. The war has caused an increase in global uncertainty, leading to a decrease in global economic activity as investors become more cautious about investing in assets in the midst of global instability. All of these factors have contributed to a decline in economic activity overall. The world waits to see what the next decade will hold for our global economy.