The US default is a rising concern for the global economy. Malpass points out rising rates, high debt choking investments.

The risk of a US default is adding to problems facing the slowing global economy, with rising interest rates and high debt levels already choking back investments needed to fuel higher output,  World Bank President David Malpass said on Friday.

Group of Seven [G7] finance officials meeting in Japan discussed the '' very high importance '' of raising the US debt limit and averting the negative repercussions of a potential default on US government debt for the first time ever.

'' Clearly, distress in the world's biggest economy would be negative for everyone,'' he told Reuters on the sidelines of the G7 meeting.

'' The repercussions would be bad to not get it done.''

US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen on Friday reiterated that failure by Congress to raise the $31.4 trillion debt limit would result in economic and financial catastrophe, and urged the Republican-controlled House of Representatives to agree to lift the federal debt limit.

Malpass said there had been discussion during the G7 meetings about the need to boost productivity and growth, and also deal with a high debt overhang.

Global growth was slated to fall below 2% in 2023, and could stay low for several years, he said.

One of the big challenges was that advanced economies had taken on so much debt that it would take a lot of capital to service it, leaving too little investment for developing countries, he said. [Reuters]


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