Morocco Central Bank keeps interest rate on hold at 2.5 percent

Casablanca, Morocco (Capital Markets in Africa):- Morocco’s central bank, or Bank Al-Maghrib, kept its benchmark interest rate unchanged at 2.5 percent on Tuesday, saying that inflation would remain consistent with price stability targets.

Inflation is expected to reach 1.5% in 2015 and 1.4% on average over the next six quarters. However, there are external uncertainties over oil prices, according to the central bank.

A decline in global oil prices revived Morocco’s public finances and slashed deficits. Morocco expects an improvement in the state budget deficit to 4.3% of GDP, down from 4.9% in 2014.

The country’s trade deficit fell 25.3% to MAD 63.12 billion in the five-month period till the end of May, compared with a year earlier.

Bank Al-Maghrib expects Morocco’s economy to grow 5% in 2015.

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