Taiwan’s central bank lowered its key interest rate on Thursday for the first time in four years, from 1.875% to 1.75%, Agence France-Presse reported. “Considering the slow recovery of the global economy and uncertainties facing it, slow domestic economic growth, negative export output, mild inflation and relatively high substantial rates, the board believed that lowering the discount rate should help the economy grow while maintaining domestic prices and banking stability,” the bank said in a statement. In August Taiwan slashed its forecast for gross domestic product growth this year to 1.56%, saying the economy was losing strength owing to weak demand from abroad and stiffer competition from mainland China in the technology sector.
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