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Policy interest rate set to climb slightly in the second half of this year

BANGKOK, Jan 14 (TNA) Thailand s policy interest rate is likely to edge up by 0.50-0.75 per cent or so in the second half of this year given the higher inflation rate and the ongoing economic recovery. Prasarn Trairattanaworakul, president of Kasikornbank, said the Bank of Thailand (BoT) Monetary Policy Committee is projected to keep the policy interest rate unchanged at 1.25 per cent through the first half of the year since the monetary policy adopted by many countries continues easing.

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Thailand’s policy interest rate is likely to edge up by 0.50-0.75 per cent or so in the second half of this year given the higher inflation rate and the ongoing economic recovery, according to a top banker.

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Prasarn Trairattanaworakul, president of Kasikornbank, said the Bank of Thailand (BoT) Monetary Policy Committee is projected to keep the policy interest rate unchanged at 1.25 per cent through the first half of the year since the monetary policy adopted by many countries continues easing.

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Policy interest rate set to climb slightly after mid-year

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Policy interest rate set to climb slightly after mid-year

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