Thai prime minister clashes with central bank governor over policy

PM calls for lower rates amid negative inflation while governor criticises government’s handout plans

Sethaput Suthiwartnarueput
Bank of Thailand governor Sethaput Suthiwartnarueput

Thailand’s prime minister Srettha Thavisin said he will meet the central bank governor on Wednesday, a day after calling for lower rates.  

Srettha said today (January 9) he will discuss topics including the government’s planned “digital wallet” handout with governor Sethaput Suthiwartnarueput, media reported. On January 8, Srettha, who is also finance minister, said the central bank could consider cutting interest rates, saying inflation was at a “very low” level. 

Inflation was negative for the

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