The central bank next week will unveil measures for further liberalisation of the foreign-exchange market, facilitating greater outflows to help ease pressure on the baht.”2009 was a challenging year …
Risks persist, though, on fragile global economic recovery,” Bank of Thailand Governor Tarisa Watanagase told a BOT-sponsored conference yesterday.”Capital flows will be more volatile this year. Funds will flow to countries that witness fast recovery. We saw the signals that pressured the baht late last year.
Excessive inflows can lead to asset bubbles if we’re not careful.”Aside from liberalisation, which will also support Thai companies’ relocation of labour-intensive activities elsewhere, currency-hedging tools will be offered to entrepreneurs, in order to ensure reasonable cost.Last year, Thailand welcomed net capital inflows of US$22.6 billion Bt748 billion: $20 billion as trade surplus, $1.5 billion through the bond market and $1.1 billion through the stock market. Inflows boosted foreign reserves, which stood at $134.7 billion as of last November, up from $85.1 billion at the end of 2007.
Thai Baht currency control mulled by central bank
The Industry Minister proposed measures to help business owners, such as the promotion of Thai Baht as a currency for international trade to reduce the risks from US Dollar currency fluctuation
BANGKOK, 15th August 2019 (NNT) – The Minister of Industry has held talks with the Bank of Thailand’s Governor over measures to control the fluctuation of Thai Baht currency, minimize impacts faced by SMEs and promote the import of machinery during this time to take advantage of the stronger currency.(more…)
Thailand’s dangerous debt addiction
Thailand is now a top-ten highest household debt country among 89 countries worldwide and third highest among 29 Asian countries.
Thailand’s household debt has steadily increased to 78.6% of the country’s gross domestic products (GDP), or Bt12.8 trillion in the fourth quarter of last year, according to figures from the National Economic and Social Development Council.(more…)
Thailand’s four challenges : Debt, inequality, plastics and climate change
Thais tended to get into debt faster, for longer and for higher amounts. Indebtedness starts as soon as they begin to work at age 25 and can increase until 56 years old.
Bank of Thailand Governor Veerathai Santiprabhob, in his speech entitled “Formulating for the Future of Corporate Governance”, delivered at the Finance and Beyond National Director Conference 2019 in Bangkok (July 24th), said Thailand faces four challenges that require good governance in businesses to address.(more…)
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