The Bank of Thailand (BoT) left its record low key interest rate unchanged on Wednesday, but lowered its 2021 economic growth forecast, as the country struggles with a third wave of coronavirus infections.
Thailand’s central bank’s Monetary Policy Committee voted unanimously to hold the one-day repurchase rate at 0.50% for the ninth straight meeting.
All 22 economists in a Reuters’ poll expect the BoT to remain on hold after three rate cuts last year.
Meanwhile, the BoT has again slashed the country’s economic growth forecast for this year, to 1.8% from an earlier projection of 3%, due to lower foreign tourist arrival estimates and lower domestic demand, due to the third wave of COVID-19. The central bank also cut the economic growth forecast for 2022 from 4.7% to 3.9%. (NNT)