A vendor sells vegetables at a retail market in Kolkata, India. Reuters
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) kept rates steady and left the door open for more monetary easing on Thursday, as it sought to support faltering economic growth and avoid stoking already heightened inflation levels.
Despite recent strength in India’s factory sector, the Monetary Policy Committee said economic activity in India “remains subdued and the few indicators that have moved up recently are yet to gain traction in a more broad-based manner.”
India’s central bank (CB) kept key interest rates on hold on Thursday as it sought to contain a rise in retail inflation, though it vowed to keep policy sufficiently loose to help revive growth in the coronavirus battered economy.
Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Shaktikanta Das has said the gross fiscal deficit has adhered to budgetary targets, and that the current account deficit is expected to be around 2.5 per cent of the GDP in 2018-19. Das said this earlier this week while speaking at the “Governor Talks”
Excluding the energy sector, GDP fell by 1.5 per cent year-on-year in the 1st quarter, against an increase of 3.6 per cent last year compared to Q1 2018.
The Board of the Central Bank of the UAE (CBUAE), has decided on additional measures within the Targeted Economic Support Scheme (TESS), launched initially in March 2020 to further enhance the capacity of the banking sector to support the economy.
The current developments and future prospects of the global oil markets were deliberated on Friday by the oil ministers of the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman and Iraq.