SBP raises key rate of interest by 100bps, takes it to 17%

In keeping with market expectations, the Financial Coverage Committee (MPC) of the State Financial institution of Pakistan (SBP) introduced an rate of interest hike of 100 foundation factors, taking it to 17%. That is the very best stage of the important thing coverage charge since October 1997.

Governor SBP Jameel Ahmad conveyed the financial coverage determination at a press convention following the assembly.

“The rationale behind the speed charge hike was that inflationary stress persists,” stated Ahmad.

“Secondly, challenges pertaining to the present account deficit stay as there’s a delay over anticipated inflows. This has added stress on our overseas trade reserves,” he stated.

In its earlier coverage assembly in November final 12 months, the central financial institution had pushed the speed by 100 foundation factors to 16%. It has now raised charges by a complete of 725 bps since January 2022.

A majority of market consultants had predicted a charge hike by 100 foundation factors to 17%, because the county struggles to rein in persistently excessive inflation.


For the reason that MPC assembly held in November, a variety of key financial developments on the home entrance have taken place.

Regardless of the slight acquire, present reserves usually are not sufficient to cowl even one month of imports and the disbursement of IMF funds has been delayed on account of Pakistan’s battle to implement some key prior circumstances.

Within the interval between November and January, the foreign money has been buying and selling in a spread between Rs224 and 230 in opposition to the US greenback.

Financial consultants and markets have expressed concern over the federal government’s lack of ability – and inaction – to renew the IMF’s ninth assessment, because it stays indecisive over fulfilling the lender’s pre-requisites, equivalent to further income commitments, a rise in PDL and GST on petroleum merchandise, and a hike in electrical energy and fuel tariff.