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By NewsGram Staff-Writer

Geneva: India has been globally ranked low on the most of the parameters indicating inclusive growth and development. The rankings released on Monday by the World Econmic Forum (WEF) although places India at better position in scale business and political ethics category.

In the first such global rankings issued by the Switzerland-based think tank, India has mostly been placed in the bottom half of the 38 countries that make up our lower middle income bracket. Areas where India ranks low include fiscal transfers, where it ranks 37 out of 38, tax code where it is placed at 32, and social protection where India is given 36th rank.

The World Economic Forum noticed that most countries are missing major opportunities to reduce income inequality while ranking countries in terms of their per capita income levels. The same is the case with India for being low on ranks.

Otherwise India stands at 12th place in business and political ethics, while it ranks 11th on the “Financial intermediation of real economy investment pillar”, which is an indicator of the fact that money invested in the economy generally gets directed towards productive uses.

WEF said another area where policy-makers in India need to prioritise improvement would be “Asset building and entrepreneurship“, especially in the sphere of “Small business ownership“, where India ranks at the bottom at 38th place.

However, India demonstrates leadership in other areas like corruption and rents, where it comes 8th in the ranking.

WEF said the Inclusive Growth and Development Report covering 112 economies presents a new framework for assessing countries’ efforts to foster economic growth that raises the living standards of entire societies.

Releasing the report, WEF officials stated, “We appeal that leaders must pursue economic strategies that are pro-growth and pro-labour”

Also the organiser of the famous economic conclave, WEF further told that the new study conducted over the last two years, seeks to identify the various ways through which policy-makers can drive economic growth and equity at the same time. It also assesses them on their relative success.

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Facebook Building its Cryptocurrency in Switzerland: Report

Facebook has over 2.38 billion users globally and launching cryptocurrency will allow them make payments using a virtual currency like Bitcoin

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FILE - A 3D printed Facebook logo is seen in front of a displayed Russian flag in this photo illustration, Aug. 3, 2018. VOA

Giving its cryptocurrency dream a firm beginning, Facebook has reportedly set up a company called Libra Networks in Switzerland that is developing payments and Blockchain systems for the social networking giant.

According to a report in CNET quoting Swiss publication Handelszeitung, the Facebook cyrptocurrency would be tied to the US dollar and could, therefore, remain stable unlike Bitcoin which has crashed.

“Facebook set up Libra Networks in Geneva several weeks ago. Libra is the social network’s internal project name for the digital currency,” the report said late on Saturday.

The Swiss company would focus on developing the software and hardware for currency-related functions like payments, Blockchain, analytics, big data and identity management.

Facebook declined to comment on the new report.

According to a report in The Wall Street Journal earlier this month, the social media giant is “recruiting dozens of financial firms and online merchants” towards its cryptocurrency-based system that would use a digital coin similar to Bitcoin.

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Bitcoin.com buttons are seen displayed on the floor of the Consensus 2018 blockchain technology conference in New York City, New York. VOA

The New York Times reported in February that Facebook had a team of 50 people working on its virtual currency project.

“Like many other companies, Facebook is exploring ways to leverage the power of Blockchain technology,” Facebook had insisted.

In a public interview with Harvard Law professor Jonathan Zittrain in February, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said he is “potentially interested” in putting the Facebook login on the Blockchain technology.

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“I’m thinking about going back to decentralised or Blockchain authentication. Although I haven’t figured out a way to make this work out but this is around authentication and basically granting access to your information and to different services,” Zuckerberg told Zittrain.

According to Zuckerberg, Blockchain could give users more powers when granting data access to third-party apps.

Facebook has over 2.38 billion users globally and launching cryptocurrency will allow them make payments using a virtual currency like Bitcoin. (IANS)