Interest Rate in Ghana
Ghana - Interest Rate
Bank of Ghana holds the key rate stable in May
At its three-day meeting which concluded on 27 May, the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) of the Bank of Ghana (BOG) kept its key policy rate unchanged at a five-year low of 16.00%. The decision was in line with the expectations of market analysts and marked the second consecutive hold following January’s unexpected cut.
Inflationary pressures have been intensifying gradually in recent months and seemingly drove the Bank’s decision to stay put in May. Inflation rose to a six-month high of 9.5% in April (March: +9.3%) as a marked jump in non-food inflation amid surging oil prices more than offset lower food inflation. In turn, inflation edged closer to the upper bound of the Central Bank’s medium-term target range of 8.0% plus or minus 2.0 percentage points.
Nevertheless, in its communiqué, the Bank noted that underlying inflationary pressures remained subdued in April, which, coupled with well-anchored inflation expectations, suggests that price pressures should retreat going forward. The Bank believes the recovery in the exchange rate, as pass-through effects stemming from an earlier slump in the cedi fade, will further support the disinflation trend.
Looking forward, a rate cut in the coming months remains on the table, provided inflation falls as expected, risks stay at bay and stability in the foreign exchange rate is sustained.
The next MPC meeting is scheduled for 17–19 July, with the decision set to be released on 22 July.
FocusEconomics panelists expect the policy rate to end both 2019 and 2020 at 15.20%.
Ghana - Interest Rate Data
|Policy Interest Rate (%)||16.00||21.00||26.00||25.50||20.00|
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Ghana Interest Rate Chart
Source: Bank of Ghana
|Exchange Rate||5.39||0.0 %||Jun 14|
|Stock Market||0.4||0.0 %||Jun 14|
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June 12, 2019
Consumer prices rose 0.9% over the previous month in May, following a 1.1% month-on-month increase in April.
June 6, 2019
The Stanbic IBTC Bank Ghana Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) ticked down from 51.2 points in April to 50.6 in May, the weakest reading since November 2018.
May 27, 2019
At its three-day meeting which concluded on 27 May, the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) of the Bank of Ghana (BOG) kept its key policy rate unchanged at a five-year low of 16.00%.
May 16, 2019
Consumer prices rose 1.1% over the previous month in April, following a 1.2% month-on-month increase in March.
May 6, 2019
The Stanbic IBTC Bank Ghana Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) ticked down from 51.5 points in March to 51.2 in April.