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BoU Cuts Key Lending Rate To 7% To Boost Economy

The Bank of Uganda (BoU) has reduced the Central Bank Rate (CBR) by one percentage point to 7 percent in June 2020 from 8 percent in April 2020. The Central Bank said the reduction was based on the current and evolving macroeconomic situation.

CBR is a benchmark lending rate for commercial banks. This means that commercial banks are expected to reduce further on their lending rates that remain way too high.

Issuing the Monetary Policy Statement for June today, BoU Governor, Prof. Emmanuel Tumusiime-Mutebile (pictured) said consistent with the slowdown of economic activity, inflation has remained subdued.

The headline and core inflation declined to 2.8% and 3.2% respectively in May 2020, from corresponding levels of 3.2% and 3.4% in April 2020.

“The public transport measures to contain the pandemic will temporarily increase transport costs in months ahead but the overall risks to the inflation outlook appear to be to the downside,” Mutebile said.

He noted that the economic slowdown and a gradual recovery will keep inflation below the medium target of 5% in the near term (12 months ahead).

“Although the measures taken by the BoU are yet to take full effect in mitigating the adverse effect of the pandemic on the economy, it is necessary to ease financial conditions further since inflation outlook remains benign,” Mutebile said while cutting the CBR to 7%.

He added that BoU will maintain adequate liquidity in domestic markets to encourage lending by financial institutions to households and businesses.

“Also, BoU expects financial institutions to reduce further their lending rates commensurate with our monetary policy stance,” Mutebile said.

Taddewo William Senyonyi
William is a seasoned business and finance journalist. He is also an agripreneur and a coffee enthusiast.

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