MANILA (Reuters) – Philippine President-elect Ferdinand Marcos on Thursday announced the latest central lender governor Benjamin Diokno would be his finance minister when he can take business following month.

Diokno will be replaced by Felipe Medalla as Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) governor, Marcos claimed in an interview executed by his push new secretary, which was streamed on his Facebook site.

Medalla is a member of the central bank’s monetary board.

Marcos mentioned his very first priority would be the economic system, significantly addressing mounting inflation and the require for position era.

The appointments indicate another continuity shift by Marcos, who is predicted to broaden on numerous of the economic procedures of incumbent Rodrigo Duterte, such as a significant infrastructure overhaul.

Diokno, a funds secretary beneath the Duterte administration in advance of he was appointed central bank governor, said he was dedicated to diligently running the financial state.

“As finance secretary, I will strive to proceed prudently and diligently balancing the have to have to assistance economic advancement, on one particular hand, and to retain fiscal self-control, on the other,” Diokno claimed in a assertion.

Marcos also named Emmanuel Bonoan as community performs secretary and Alfredo Pascual as trade secretary.

The broader inventory index was flat on Thursday, just after Marcos’s announcements about his economic staff.

The BSP raised desire rates for the 1st time since 2018 on May perhaps 19, signing up for peers around world in a hurry to stem intensifying inflationary pressures.

Marcos is inheriting an financial state on a more robust footing, owning expanded 8.3% in the first quarter from a yr previously.

The present govt this week narrowed its expansion target to 7.%-8.% from the former assortment of 7.%-9.% to acquire into account external pitfalls.

Analysts say the new administration will have to deal with large amount of personal debt from the recent government’s pandemic borrowing, which could limit his area to consider on more financial debt to finance govt assignments or assist development.

(Reporting by Neil Jerome Morales and Enrico dela Cruz Editing by Ed Davies, Martin Petty)

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