Central Bank of Egypt Leaves Rates on Hold

At its February 27th meeting, the Monetary Policy Committee decided to keep the overnight deposit rate at 8.25 percent for the second consecutive month, in an attempt to stimulate the economy while controlling the inflation. The overnight lending rate, and the CBE rate were also maintained at 9.25 percent and 8.75 percent, respectively.

Excerpt from Central Bank of Egypt' press release:

As upside risks to the inflation outlook continue to moderate as the possibility of a rebound in international food prices is unlikely in light of recent global developments, annual inflation is projected to ease from their current levels in the coming months.

The pronounced downside risks to domestic GDP combined with the persistently negative output gap since 2011 will limit upside risks to the inflation outlook going forward. Given the mixed balance of risks surrounding the inflation and the GDP outlooks at this juncture, MPC judges that the current key CBE rates are appropriate.

The MPC will continue to closely monitor all economic developments and will not hesitate to adjust the key CBE rates to ensure price stability over the medium-term.

Central Bank of Egypt Leaves Rates on Hold

Central Bank of Egypt | Isabel Felino | isabel.felino@tradingeconomics.com
2/27/2014 5:14:09 PM