Egypt’s Central Bank to discuss interest rates Thursday
Hisham Ramiz, Governor of the Central Bank of Egypt - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: The Central Bank of Egypt’s (CBE) Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) is scheduled to discuss deposit and lending rates Thursday, according the bank’s meetings’ schedule posted on the its website.

In its last meeting Nov. 27, the committee decided 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 the CBE’s official website.

In a previous meeting held Oct. 16, the committee also maintained the overnight deposit rate, overnight lending rate and the rate of the CBE’s main operation that was earlier raised on July 17 by 100 basis points 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 annual growth for the whole FY 2013-2014 to 2.2 percent following a similarly sluggish growth rate of 2.1 percent during FY 2012-2013,” 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 given the balance of risks surrounding inflation and GDP outlooks,” the statement concluded.

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