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(LEAD) Industry minister, BOK chief discuss economic situation

Economy 15:26 November 28, 2022

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SEOUL, Nov. 28 (Yonhap) -- Industry Minister Lee Chang-yang met with Bank of Korea (BOK) Gov. Rhee Chang-yong on Monday and discussed the economic situation amid high inflation and interest rates, the industry ministry said.

During their first one-on-one meeting, the officials reviewed difficulties in the real economy, weighed down by high prices, interest rates and the weak local currency, and agreed on close consultations to help overcome challenges, according to the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy.

South Korean companies have experienced dwindling exports amid the global economic slowdown, as high inflation has caused major economies to push for aggressive monetary tightening.

Last week, the BOK raised its policy rate by a quarter percentage point to 3.25 percent to tame inflation. It marked the first time the interest rate has been raised six times in a row.

High energy prices and supply chain issues over the Ukraine war have also led to the country's widening trade deficit in recent months.

The central bank lowered its growth outlook for next year to 1.7 percent from 2.1 percent predicted three months earlier.

Industry Minister Lee Chang-yang (L) speaks with Bank of Korea Gov. Rhee Chang-yong in Seoul on Nov. 28, 2022, in this photo provided by the ministry. (Yonhap)

Industry Minister Lee Chang-yang (L) speaks with Bank of Korea Gov. Rhee Chang-yong in Seoul on Nov. 28, 2022, in this photo provided by the ministry. (Yonhap)

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