Thailand's economy has clearly recovered and the Bank of Thailand (BoT) will ensure the recovery is not interrupted by efforts to tackle higher inflation, BoT governor Sethaput Suthiwartnarueput said on Wednesday, amid expectations of an interest rate hike.
Economic recovery is expected to continue while the financial system remains strong and functioning normally, Mr Sethaput told a business event on Wednesday.
The economic context has largely changed compared with during the Covid-19 crisis, so all sectors must adapt in the face of higher inflation, policy adjustments going on in major economies and geopolitical problems, he said.
Monetary policies and measures need to be adjusted to match the economic and financial conditions and a new risk balance that gives more weight to inflation by "focusing on continual economic recovery without interruption," Mr Sethaput said.
The central bank is widely expected to raise its benchmark interest rate from a record low of 0.50% at its next policy review on Aug 10. Such a hike would be the first since late 2018.
Thailand's headline inflation hit a nearly 14-year high of 7.66% in June, well above the BoT's target range of 1% to 3%, and BoT officials have said consumer prices have not peaked yet.