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Central Bank holds rates steady in July

At its meeting on 24 July, the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) of Kenya’s Central Bank decided to hold the central bank rate stable at 9.00%, where it has been since July 2018. The decision was widely expected by market analysts.

With inflation receding in May–June from April’s surge, the Bank opted to keep monetary policy conditions unchanged. Although food prices remained relatively high, core inflation stood below the mid-point of the 2.5%–7.5% target band suggesting that, despite robust economic activity, demand side pressures stayed muted. In addition, a favorable external backdrop has underpinned the stronger shilling this year, further supporting the Bank’s decision to stay pat.

In its forward guidance, the Bank remarked that inflation should remain “well anchored within the target range”, as improved weather conditions are expected to lower food price pressures in the near-term. Moreover, with the economy projected to continue operating close to full capacity thanks to upbeat public investment and improved agricultural output, there is no immediate need for monetary stimulus. However, slower global growth and oil price volatility pose downside risks to the outlook and could heighten price pressures ahead.

FocusEconomics Consensus Forecast panelists expect the Bank to remain on hold for the rest of the year and see the central bank rate ending 2019 at 9.19%. For 2020, panelists project that the rate will fall to 8.93% by the end of the year.

Kenya - Interest Rate Data

2013  2014  2015  2016  2017  
Policy Interest Rate (%)8.50  8.50  11.50  10.00  10.00  

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Kenya Interest Rate
Note: Central Bank Rate in % (eop).
Source: Central Bank of Kenya

Kenya Facts

ValueChangeDate
Bond Yield11.450.0 %Jul 31
Exchange Rate104.20.05 %Jul 31
Stock Market0.30.0 %Jul 31

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