BANGKOK (Reuters) – Thailand’s central bank will lower its economic growth forecasts for this year and next and it still has monetary policy space to help the economy despite the key interest rate being at a record low, a deputy central bank governor said on Wednesday.
However, southeast Asia’s second-largest economy is not in a crisis, as the country’s economic fundamentals and banks remain strong, said Deputy Bank of Thailand Governor Mathee Supapongse.
The central bank will review its 2019 and 2020 economic growth forecasts – currently at 2.8% and 3.3%, respectively – at the next monetary policy meeting on Dec. 18.
“They will likely come down, but by how much will depend on upcoming economic data,” Mathee told Reuters in an interview.
Last week’s policy rate cut, the second in three months, prompted commercial banks to lower borrowing costs, and Mathee said that should help the economy, purchasing power and inflation.
Although the policy rate is now at a record low of 1.25%, there is still room to help the economy if need be, said Mathee, who is a member of the bank’s policy committee.
“I think it’s not a limitation that we have reached the bottom already,” he said, adding that Thailand had no need to cut the key rate to zero.
Disclaimer: Fusion Media would like to remind you that the data contained in this website is not necessarily real-time nor accurate. All CFDs (stocks, indexes, futures) and Forex prices are not provided by exchanges but rather by market makers, and so prices may not be accurate and may differ from the actual market price, meaning prices are indicative and not appropriate for trading purposes. Therefore Fusion Media doesn`t bear any responsibility for any trading losses you might incur as a result of using this data.
Fusion Media or anyone involved with Fusion Media will not accept any liability for loss or damage as a result of reliance on the information including data, quotes, charts and buy/sell signals contained within this website. Please be fully informed regarding the risks and costs associated with trading the financial markets, it is one of the riskiest investment forms possible.