The Reserve Bank of Australia building in Sydney. Agence France-Presse
Australia’s central bank on Tuesday cut interest rates for the second time in as many months as it strives to revive a sluggish economy and reduce unemployment, a tough task that may yet require even more stimulus.
Central banks in Asia, Australia and New Zealand (NZ) have joined a brewing global currency war by slashing interest rates and pledging to keep them down, worrying markets over the risk of a chase to the bottom.
Australia’s central bank will consider cutting interest rates next month, Governor Philip Lowe said on Tuesday as the resource-rich economy looked set to join some of its global counterparts in easing financial conditions to boost growth. Lowe also urged the country’s newly re-elected government
Australia’s industrial relations umpire raised the national minimum wage by 3 per cent from July 1, a smaller pay rise than the 3.5 per cent increase enjoyed by workers last year, reflecting a weakening economy and cooling inflation.
Non-oil trade exchange between the United Arab Emirates and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has reached Dhs417.6 billion over the past five years, Sultan Bin Saeed Al Mansouri, Minister of Economy, has stated.
The UAE Central Bank has announced that gross bank assets, including bankers’ acceptances, rose by 0.3 per cent, increasing from Dhs2,975.8 billion at the end of July 2019, to Dhs2,983.4 billion at the end of August 2019.
Under the patronage of Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Executive Council, the UAE Maritime Week 2019, the pioneering regional maritime event,