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13 November 2008 :: 09:11:03 am 40610

Bank of Thailand: Government Urged to Restore Investor and Public Confidence

BANGKOK, Nov 13 - Bank of Thailand (BoT) deputy governor Atchana Waiquamdee on Wednesday urged the government to speed up injecting money into the economic system and to implement policies that help restore confidence among investors and people quickly to ensure the country‘s economic survival.
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She said although Thailand’s current economic fundamentals are stronger than was the case in the 1997 economic crisis, the government must act more vigorously to ensure that the economy will expand 3-4 per cent next year.

Should the Thai economy grow less than 3 per cent, the country’s new graduates would be jobless and business owners will be unable to expand their businesses. So, the government must prepare measures to help the unemployed and low-income workers.

However, Mrs. Atchana said she believed that unemployment will not be as severe as it was in 1997, which saw the economy experience negative economic growth of 10 per cent.

She affirmed that the liquidity in Thailand’s financial system remains in excess of Bt 1.1 trillion.

Liquidity has declined in the past week because commercial banks has extended loans amounting to as much as Bt 50 billion.

She said more lending by commercial banks would support the business expansion, but conceded that in the future the banks would focus on lending to large-scale businesses rather than small- and medium-size enterprises.

Mrs. Atchana said the central bank will implement a monetary policy which facilitates economic expansion and eases rules and regulations for the sake of economic survival. (TNA)

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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