The International Monetary Fund looks likely to cut its forecast for global growth next month when it updates its projections for the world economy.
IMF head Christine Lagarde said in a speech that global growth would â€œlikely be a bit weakerâ€ than anticipated.
Problems in the eurozone and worries about the US economy continued to weigh on investorsâ€™ confidence, she said.
She also warned of a slowdown in some of the emerging nations that previously bolstered global economic growth.
In July, the IMF cut its global growth projection for 2013 to 3.9 percent, but left its 2012 forecast unchanged at 3.5 percent.
Lagarde, speaking in Washington, said on Monday: â€œWe continue to project a gradual recovery, but global growth will likely be a bit weaker than we had anticipated even in July, and our forecast has trended downward over the last 12 months.â€
She welcomed recent measures by eurozone governments and the European Central Bank to get a grip on the blocâ€™s problems.
Earlier this month, the ECB said it would buy an unlimited number of bonds from distressed eurozone countries. â€œIt was clearly a turning point,â€ Lagarde said. â€”Bbc