In surprise move, Egypt central bank hikes key interest rates

In surprise move, Egypt central bank hikes key interest rates

CAIRO (Capital Markets in Africa) – Egypt’s central bank raised its key interest rates by 200 basis points on Sunday, confounding the expectations of economists who saw rates unlikely to change, but in line with recent IMF statements. At a meeting of its Monetary Policy Committee, the bank hiked its overnight deposit rate to 16.75 percent from 14.75 percent and its overnight lending rate to 17.75 from 15.75 percent, it announced in a statement. This…

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Ghana to cut interest rates May 22, Nigeria, S/Africa, Kenya to hold

Ghana to cut interest rates May 22, Nigeria, S/Africa, Kenya to hold

JOHANNESBURG (Capital Markets in Africa) – The Bank of Ghana will extend its interest rate-easing cycle on Monday to give its economy a boost but other major African central banks will keep rates stable after a commodity price slump, a Reuters poll found. Ghana’s central bank cut its high prime rate by 200 basis points to 23.5 percent in March and is expected to chop another 100 basis points on Monday, according to the median…

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Nigerian Central Bank to Keep Tight Monetary Policy, Nnanna Says

Nigerian Central Bank to Keep Tight Monetary Policy, Nnanna Says

LAGOS (Capital Markets in Africa)- Nigeria’s central bank will keep monetary policy tight as dollar shortages persist, Deputy Governor Joseph Nnanna said Now is not the time to ease policy, he said in an interview Thursday in the capital, Abuja. Inflation slowed for a third month in April, but at 17.2 percent remains almost double the upper limit of the bank’s 6 percent to 9 percent target. “We are battling with liquidity as it were, so tight monetary…

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Africa’s Central Bank Monetary Policy Rates and Foreign Exchange Reserves

Africa’s Central Bank Monetary Policy Rates and Foreign Exchange Reserves

LAGOS (Capital Markets in Africa) – Angola’s central bank kept its benchmark lending rate unchanged at 16 percent following a policy meeting on Friday 28th April 2017, the bank said in a statement posted on its website. The National Bank of Angola (BNA) has kept its key rate steady since June last year when it raised it to the current level to curb accelerating inflation. In 2016 the BNA rate was raised 500 basis points….

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South Africa to Stick to Low Inflation Plan, Central Bank Says

South Africa to Stick to Low Inflation Plan, Central Bank Says

JOHANNESBURG (Capital Markets in Africa) – South African inflation is under control and the central bank will maintain a policy to keep it low to protect the poor and ease inequality, Reserve Bank Governor Lesetja Kganyago said. Pursuing other priorities, such as reducing unemployment, has been shown in other countries to cause “widespread economic damage,” Kganyago said in a speech at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in the coastal city of Durban on Tuesday. The central bank expects price…

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Tunisia central bank to steadily weaken dinar, finance minister says

Tunisia central bank to steadily weaken dinar, finance minister says

TUNIS (Capital Markets in Africa) – Tunisia’s central bank will reduce its interventions so the value of the dinar steadily declines, but it will prevent a dramatic slide in the currency, the finance minister said on Tuesday. The strategy is part of Tunisia’s talks on reforms with the International Monetary Fund. The IMF is pushing Tunisia to overhaul its finances and reduce public spending, especially public-sector wages, where spending is among the highest in the…

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Central Banks in Africa Keep Rates Amidst Fed Rate Hike in March

Central Banks in Africa Keep Rates Amidst Fed Rate Hike in March

LAGOS (Capital Markets in Africa) –  Tanzania’s central bank cut its discount rate to 12percent from 16 percent on Monday 6th March 2017, to help spur lending and boost economic growth, the first time it has lowered borrowing costs since 2013. The cut, which the central bank said in a circular to commercial banks becomes effective on Monday, follows a steep drop in private sector credit growth last year. “The discount rate which is applicable…

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