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BOT Maintains 2023 GDP Forecast at 3.6%

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According to Bank of Thailand (BOT) Governor Sethaput Suthiwartnarueput, Thailand’s economy is expected to grow 3.6% this year, adding that fiscal and monetary policy should prioritize stability rather than economic stimulus.

The BOT increased interest rates by a quarter point to 1.75% last month and has increased its benchmark rate by a total of 125 basis points since August, forecasting that the Thai economy is expected to continue expanding, driven mainly by recovery in the tourism sector.

Growth projection for 2023 and 2024 was 3.6 and 3.8 percent, respectively, supported by several factors.

First, the tourism sector continued to recover robustly, with the number of foreign tourists picking up across most source countries.

Tourist arrivals were expected to reach 28 million and 35 million for 2023 and 2024, respectively, an upward revision from the January assessment of 25.5 million in 2023 and 34 million in 2024.

Source link : BOT Maintains 2023 GDP Forecast at 3.6% by Boris Sullivan

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