SBP keeps interest rate unchanged at 13.25 percent

Web Desk – November 22, 2019

The decision was announced following a meeting of the bank’s Monetary Policy Committee.

ISLAMABAD: The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) announced on Friday that the interest rate would remain unchanged at 13.25 percent but noted that inflation was quite high in the country owing to the rise in prices of food products.

The decision was announced by the state bank following a meeting of its Monetary Policy Committee (MPC).

“The decision reflected the MPC’s view that recent developments have had offsetting implications for the inflation outlook,” the statement read, adding that decisions from the prior meeting had positive impacts.

“Market sentiment has begun to gradually improve on the back of sustained improvements in the current account and continued fiscal prudence.

“The MPC noted that the SBP’s projection for average inflation for FY20 remained broadly unchanged at 11 – 12 percent and maintaining the current monetary policy stance was appropriate,” it added.

The current account, after four years, recorded a surplus in October 2019, the statement noted, highlighting that a reduction in the trade deficit was also quite significant.

The SBP said it foresaw a dip in the inflation rate in the coming months and that, despite the rise in the prices of food items, the forecast was expected to remain stable.

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