SBP keeps policy rate unchanged at 15 percent

The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) on Monday decided to keep the interest rates unchanged at 15 percent.

In its meeting held in Karachi on Monday, the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) decided to maintain the policy rate at 15 percent, said a statement. To cool the overheating economy and contain the current account deficit, the policy rate has been raised by a cumulative 800 basis points since last September, some temporary administrative steps have recently been taken to curtail imports, and strong fiscal consolidation is planned for FY23.

These actions are expected to work their way through the system over the coming months. With recent inflation developments in line with expectations, domestic demand beginning to moderate and the external position showing some improvement, the MPC felt that it was prudent to take a pause at this stage. Looking ahead, the MPC intends to remain data-dependent, paying close attention to month-on-month inflation, inflation expectations, developments on the fiscal and external fronts, as well as global commodity prices and interest rate decisions by major central banks.