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Interest Rate in Thailand

Thailand Interest Rate

Central Bank hikes rates further in August

At its 2 August meeting, the Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of Thailand (BoT) hiked the policy rate to 2.25% from 2.00%. The decision marked the seventh consecutive increase and was unanimous.

The Bank decided to tighten its stance further in a bid to prevent strengthening economic activity from translating into financial imbalances and higher inflation. A recovering tourism sector and sturdier household expenditure are set to boost domestic demand. The BoT expects inflation to rebound in H2 following a decline in H1 due to the waning of temporary factors.

In its communiqué, the Bank stated that it decided to hike again to “ensure that inflation stays sustainably within the target range, as well as give due consideration to macro-financial stability in the longer term”. It added that monitoring was warranted given existing upside risks. That said, it struck a less hawkish tone, saying that in future deliberations, it would factor in the “economic and inflation outlook, as well as associated risk assessments”.

Our panelists expect the policy rate to end this year at a lower level than the current one, as inflation moves within the Bank’s target range.

The next monetary policy meeting is scheduled for 27 September.

Thailand Interest Rate Chart

This chart displays Policy Interest Rate (%) for Thailand from 2013 to 2022.

Thailand Interest Rate Data

2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
1-Day Repurchase Rate (%, eop) 1.75 1.25 0.50 0.50 1.25
3-Month BIBOR (%, eop) 1.86 1.37 0.62 0.62 1.45
10-Year Bond Yield (%, eop) 2.45 1.50 1.17 1.95 2.52

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