Uganda Holds Lending Rate, Sees Inflation Hitting Target By Year-end

Uganda’s central bank held its key lending rate (UGCBIR=ECI) at 10.0% on Monday, saying it expected inflation would slow to hit its target by the end of the year despite a pick-up in January that it thought would be short-lived.

The decision, announced by deputy governor Michael Atingi-Ego at a news conference, was the second time in a row the bank has kept its policy rate unchanged.

Last year it raised rates by 350 basis points to fight inflation.

Inflation was 10.4% year-on-year in January (UGCPIY=ECI) from 10.2% a month earlier, but Atingi-Ego said core inflation was expected to decline to the 5% target by the end of 2023.

Risks to the inflation outlook include the potential impact of international financial conditions on the Ugandan shilling exchange rate, and higher food and energy prices, he added.

“The current CBR (Central Bank Rate) would contain domestic demand pressures, while accommodating and supporting economic recovery,” Atingi-Ego said.

Source: Reuters

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