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泰国央行维持政策利率稳定,下调2021年经济增长预期

2020-12-24 11:42

 

曼谷,12月23日(新华社)——为支持经济复苏,泰国央行周三将政策利率维持在低水平,但下调了2021年的经济增长预期。


BOT的货币政策委员会将政策利率维持在0.5%不变,称经济继续复苏,但下行风险和不确定性在未来一段时间仍很高。


BOT网站上的一份声明称:“委员会在本次会议上投票维持政策利率,以保持有限的政策空间,以便在适当和最有效的时机采取行动。”


报告预计,由于私人消费和商品出口的改善,中国经济在2020年将萎缩6.6%,好于此前预期的萎缩7.8%。


然而,出于对旅游业和COVID-19形势的担忧,该机构将2021年的增长预测从此前的3.6%下调至3.2%。


委员会还对泰铢可能迅速升值表示担忧,称将考虑采取额外适当措施的必要性。泰铢可能迅速升值将进一步拖累出口。


严重依赖旅游业和出口的泰国经济受到新冠肺炎疫情的沉重打击。今年第二季度,日本经济较上年同期萎缩12.2%,为1998年亚洲金融危机以来最严重的萎缩。7 - 9月份的经济增长率比去年同期下降了6.4%。

 

BANGKOK, Dec. 23 (Xinhua) -- The Bank of Thailand (BOT), the country's central bank, on Wednesday maintained the policy rate at a low level amid efforts to support economic recovery, but lowered its economic growth forecast for 2021.

The BOT's monetary policy committee held the policy rate unchanged at 0.5 percent, saying the economy continued to recover but downside risks and uncertainties remained high in the period ahead.

"The committee voted to maintain the policy rate at this meeting to preserve the limited policy space in order to act at the appropriate and most effective timing," according to a statement on the BOT website.

It expected the economy to shrink 6.6 percent in 2020, better than previously expected contraction of 7.8 percent, due to improvement in private consumption and merchandise exports.

However, it lowered the 2021 growth forecast to 3.2 percent from previous 3.6 percent over concerns about the tourism industry and the situation of COVID-19.

The committee also expressed concerns over the baht's potential rapid appreciation, which would further weigh on exports, saying it would consider the necessity of implementing additional appropriate measures.

The Thai economy, which is heavily reliant on tourism and exports, was hit hard by COVID-19. It shrank 12.2 percent year on year in the second quarter of the year, the worst contraction since the Asian financial crisis in 1998. The economic growth declined 6.4 percent in July-September from a year ago.

 

来自: xinhua