The global economy is in a severe recession, the International Monetary Fund announced on Wednesday, reducing at the same time the economic growth prognosis, Reuters informs. The IMF new estimations indicate a 1.3% contraction of the global economy, the lowest growth level since WWII. Still, analysts expect a recovery, with a 1.9% positive growth.

Three months ago, the IMF studies indicated a 0.5% growth of the global economy. The institution announced that the new revision is based on the assumption that financial markets will need more time to recover than previously estimated. The Fund also warned that the economic recovery depends on the governmental effort to stabilize the financial sector, as well as the supplementation of fiscal policies in the advanced economies.

IMF officials said that the economic stimuli should be maintained, if not increased, in 2010,