Bank of Thailand Cuts the Benchmark Interest Rate to 2.50%

The Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of Thailand decided on May 29th to lower the 1-day repurchase rate for the first time this year, by 25 basis points from 2.75 percent to 2.50 percent, citing concerns about downside risks to domestic demand and exports and slowing economic growth.

Excerpt from the statement by The Bank of Thailand:

The Thai economy in the first quarter of this year grew less than expected from tepid domestic demand, which could weigh on overall economic momentum particularly if there was delay in government’s infrastructure investment expected to start later this year.

Exports are subject to downside risks from growth moderation in regional economies, especially China. Inflationary pressure eased further owing to lower production costs, while growth of private credit and household debts remained elevated.

The committee judges that the Thai economy should continue to expand on the back ofsound economic fundamentals, although downside risks have increased from lower-than-expected growth in the first quarter of this year. As inflation remains well within the target, monetary policy has room to further cushion against downside risks to domestic demand.

Against the backdrop of continued financial stability concerns, the MPC thus voted unanimously to reduce the policy rate by 0.25 percent from 2.75 to 2.50 percent per annum, with immediate effect. The MPC will closely monitor developments of the Thai economy, financial stability risks as well as capital flow situation, and stand ready to take appropriate action as warranted.

Bank of Thailand Cuts the Benchmark Interest Rate to 2.50%

Bank of Thailand | Joana Taborda |
5/29/2013 9:12:06 AM