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Industry Leaders Look for Lifeline as the Thai Baht Continues to Surge

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BANGKOK – Thailand’s industry leader under pressure from the Thai Bahts strength are looking to the Bank of Thailand for an economic lifeline.

Another quarter-point interest-rate cut would be “good for the Thai baht and the economy,” Federation of Thai Industries Chairman Supant Mongkolsuthree said in an interview Tuesday. Adding the domestic economy isn’t very strong. The federation is one the country’s largest trade associations, representing about 12,000 members.

Thailand’s tourism and exports reliant economy expanded last quarter at the slowest pace in almost five years. The government this month unveiled a stimulus package worth over $10 billion. While the central bank unexpectedly lowered borrowing costs to 1.5% from 1.75% to prop up growth.

Global slowdown, and the soaring Thai Baht have hurt exports and manufacturing

The Bank of Thailand is likely to cut interest rates to 1.25% in the fourth quarter, according to a Bloomberg News.

Exporters often cite 32 baht to the dollar as an acceptable level for the currency, according to Supant.

The Thai baht was trading at 30.57 to the dollar as of 6 p.m. Tuesday in Bangkok. It’s appreciated more than 6% this year, the strongest performer in a basket of emerging-market currencies tracked by Bloomberg.


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