UPDATE 3-Zika could impact slowing economy, Singapore bank chief says

martes 6 de septiembre de 2016 07:21 GYT

* Early indication of small impact on economy: central bank chief

* PM Lee says region should stay open for trade - media

* Economists say tourism, retail could be affected

* Singapore has narrowed economic growth for year (Updates with latest Zika toll and PM Lee comments)

By Marius Zaharia and Anshuman Daga

SINGAPORE, Sept 6 (Reuters) - A Zika outbreak in Singapore could have a small impact on the almost $300 billion economy, the central bank chief said on Tuesday, as the mosquito-borne virus spreads across the global financial and transit hub.

Ravi Menon, managing director of the Monetary Authority of Singapore, did not give further details, but the outbreak coincides with a dip in overall exports and growth in the trade-dependent economy. Growth is also slowing in China, Singapore's main overseas market.

"It's too early to tell. I would say early indications are there could be some small impact, but it's not likely to be significant from an overall economy outcome," Menon told reporters when asked about the impact of Zika.

"But really, it's still early days," he said at an event hosted by the Foreign Correspondents Association in Singapore.   Continuación...