Bangladesh’s currency taka to weaken against dollar: Fitch Solutions

Garment exporters in Bangladesh are likely to benefit from the projected weakening of the country’s currency taka that will witness more depreciatory pressures against the US dollar, primarily due to imported inflation. A Fitch Solutions report forecast that the exchange rate would stand at Tk 85 per dollar […]



Garment exporters in Bangladesh are likely to benefit from the projected weakening of the country’s currency taka that will witness more depreciatory pressures against the US dollar, primarily due to imported inflation. A Fitch Solutions report forecast that the exchange rate would stand at Tk 85 per dollar this year and Tk 86.50 next year.

The country’s currency will be Tk 87 per dollar in 2023, Fitch said.

Its earlier forecast said the exchange would be at Tk 84.75 per dollar this year and Tk 85 next year.

Garment exporters in Bangladesh are likely to benefit from the projected weakening of the country’s currency taka that will witness more depreciatory pressures against the US dollar, primarily due to imported inflation. A Fitch Solutions report forecast that the exchange rate would stand at Tk 85 per dollar this year and Tk 86.50 next year.

Bangladesh Bank data showed that the inter-bank exchange rate stood at Tk 85.80 compared to Tk 84.80 a year ago.

Since the last update of Fitch Solutions in August, the taka has depreciated 1.1 per cent against the dollar, taking the year to date exchange rate average to Tk 84.93 per dollar, it said.

Elevated global inflation and more hawkish stances by major global central banks has led to weakness amongst emerging market currencies and US dollar strength, it said.

“However, we also believe the Bangladesh Bank will continue to intervene to ensure Bangladesh maintains its export competitiveness, while not fuelling import inflation,” the Fitch was quoted as saying by Bangladesh media reports.

The BB has continued to growtheforeign exchange reserve, which stood at $46.45 billion in October, up 13.3 per cent year-on-year, it said.

“The accumulation of reserves has helped offset taka appreciatory pressures, but we note that since end-August, the reserves have fallen 3.3 per cent, despite the taka depreciating,” it said.

Fitch thinks that the Bangladesh Bank would look to contain taka depreciation to curb import prices and the resultant inflationary pressures.

Inflation increased 5.6 per cent year-on-year in June whereas it was 5 per cent in January this year.

Spikes in commodity prices and disruptions to supply chains have added to import prices. In particular, rising energy costs will put upward pressure on price growth, the company added.

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