india-china-gdp-world-bankIndia will overtake China to become the world’s fastest-growing major economy in the next two years, according to a new World Bank forecast. In its “Global Economic Prospects” report published Tuesday, World Bank analysts outlined their predictions for how the global economy will change between now and 2017. They noted that India’s gross domestic product (GDP) will grow by 7.1 percent in 2017, just outpacing China’s 7 percent.  Overall global economic growth “picked up only marginally” last year to hit 2.6 percent, and will likely rise to just 3.2 percent over the next two years. But the world’s biggest economies are expected to move in different ways. “Beneath these headline numbers, increasingly divergent trends are at work in major economies,” the report reads, noting that the United States and United Kingdom are getting stronger as they recover from the 2008-09 recession, but other developed countries such as Japan are still struggling.  China, on the other hand, will undergo a “carefully managed slowdown,” with GDP growth set to start falling moderately over the next two years, making space for India to take the top spot. “In India, export growth has been robust, and investor confidence has been bolstered by the election of a reform-minded government,” the report says, noting that the country’s current-account deficit has declined and inflation is under control at a low level. More