Drop In Natural Gas And Crude Output For 2024

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Drop In Natural Gas And Crude Output For 2024

Data from the Ministry of Energy and Energy Industries indicate output of crude oil and natural gas from the mature fields continued to slip over this period.

Financial sector liquidity remained ample during the second quarter of 2024, in the face of an increase in domestic financing by the Government.

Commercial banks’ excess reserves at the Central Bank averaged $4.2 billion in the first half of June 2024, marginally lower than in May 2024 ($4.3 billion).

There was nonetheless some skewness in the liquidity positions of banks, leading some institutions to temporarily borrow on the interbank market.

Private sector credit performed favourably, growing by 6.7 per cent (year-on-year) in April 2024 compared with 7.9 per cent in January 2024.

Led by robust lending for motor vehicles, the growth in consumer loans (10.2 per cent) surpassed the expansion in business lending (9.5 per cent).

Interest rates on 3-month treasuries in Trinidad and Tobago (TT) continued to trend upwards, rising by 27 basis points since February 2024.

Meanwhile, the corresponding 3-month rate on US treasuries has been relatively stable over the same period.

In this regard, the TT-US interest differential on 3-month treasuries moved to -406 basis points in May 2024 from -432 basis points in February 2024.

In its assessment of external economic conditions, the Monetary Policy Committee  took note of the relative steadiness of global inflation, the likely easing of monetary policy rates, and the geopolitical uncertainties that are clouding the international growth outlook.

Domestically, the low level of inflation and buoyancy of credit were supportive of the ongoing economic recovery, although the negative interest rate differential warranted close monitoring given its potential impact on the country’s external balance.

Taking all these factors into account, the MPC agreed to maintain the repo rate at 3.50 per cent.

The Central Bank will continue to carefully examine and analyse international and domestic developments and prospects.

The next Monetary Policy Announcement is scheduled for September 27, 2024.