Central Bank of Thailand maintains interest rate, policy unchanged.

BANGKOK, Sept 20 (Reuters) – Thailand should not raise interest rates this year as the baht is strong, inflation remains low and a trade war is a concern, the finance minister said on Thursday.

Apisak Tantivorawong’s comment came after the central bank’s monetary policy committee on Wednesday voted 5-2 to leave the policy rate unchanged at 1.50 percent. Analysts viewed a growing split vote as a hint of a hike soon.

The central bank should consider a good timing for policy tightening and make sure it will not cause problems for the economy, Apisak told reporters.

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