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Kazakhstan Interest Rate

Kazakhstan Interest Rate

Base Rate in Kazakhstan

The Base Rate ended 2022 at 16.75%, up from the 9.75% end-2021 value and above the reading of 6.50% a decade earlier. For reference, the average Base Rate in Eastern Europe was 8.40% at end-2022. For more interest rate information, visit our dedicated page.

Kazakhstan Interest Rate Chart

Note: This chart displays Policy Interest Rate (%) for Kazakhstan from 2014 to 2023.
Source: National Bank of Kazakhstan.

Kazakhstan Interest Rate Data

2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Base Rate (%, eop) 9.25 9.25 9.00 9.75 16.75

NBK pauses its easing cycle in April

On 12 April, the National Bank of Kazakhstan (NBK) tapped the brakes on its monetary policy loosening cycle, keeping the policy rate unchanged at 14.75% and the interest rate corridor at plus or minus 1.0 percentage point. The pause surprised markets—another reduction had been anticipated—and was the first in six meetings, with the NBK having cut rates by 200 basis points cumulatively since August 2023.

Price pressures receded further in Q1, reaching an over two-year low in March on the back of the Bank’s restrictive monetary policy stance, a high base effect and cooling external price pressures. That said, March’s reading surprised the NKB on the upside as the disinflation pace slowed amid strong domestic demand as well as still-high inflation expectations. Against this backdrop, the NBK opted to hold its policy rate steady. The NBK noted that upside risks to the inflationary outlook remain, including stronger fiscal stimulus—in response to abnormal floods—and higher-than-expected oil prices.

In its communiqué, the NBK remained hawkish, expressing that “room for monetary policy easing is still limited” and reiterating its commitment to drive inflation towards the 5.0% target. That said, our panelists expect the easing cycle to resume later this year, and our Consensus is for about 200 basis points of new rate cuts by the end of the year. The NBK’s next decision will be announced on 31 May.

Consensus Forecasts and Projections for the next ten years

How should you choose a forecaster if some are too optimistic while others are too pessimistic? FocusEconomics collects Kazakhstani interest rate projections for the next ten years from a panel of 11 analysts at the leading national, regional and global forecast institutions. These projections are then validated by our in-house team of economists and data analysts and averaged to provide one Consensus Forecast you can rely on for each indicator. By averaging all forecasts, upside and downside forecasting errors tend to cancel each other out, leading to the most reliable interest rate forecast available for Kazakhstani interest rate.

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