Egypt keeps interest rates unchanged
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CAIRO: The Central Bank of Egypt’s (CBE) Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) decided in a late Thursday meeting to keep the overnight deposit rate and overnight lending rate unchanged at 9.25 percent and 10.25 percent, respectively.

The rate of the CBE’s main operation and the discount rate were also kept stable at 9.75 percent, according to a statement posted on CBE’s official website.

In the previous meeting held Sept. 1, the committee also maintained the overnight deposit rate, overnight lending rate and the rate of the CBE’s main operation that had been raised on July 17 by 100 bps each.

“The real GDP picked up slightly in 2013/2014 Q4, growing by 3.7 percent compared to the 2.5, 1.44 and 1.04 percent recorded in the previous three quarters, respectively. This brought the annual growth for the whole FY2013/2014 to 2.2 percent following a similarly sluggish growth rate of 2.1 percent during the FY2012/2013,” the statement read.

The Central Bank also noted that investments in domestic mega projects such as the Suez Canal are expected to contribute to economic growth.

“CBE’s key rates are currently appropriate to anchor inflation expectations and limit a generalized price increase,” the statement concluded.

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