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South Africa’s central bank hikes repo rate to 5.5%

South Africa’s central bank hikes repo rate to 5.5%
South Africa's Reserve Bank Governor Lesetja Kganyago speaks during a news conference after the International Monetary and Financial Committee in 2019.   -  
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South Africa

**South Africa’s central bank raised its benchmark interest rate by 75 basis points to 5.5 percent on Thursday — the steepest hike in a decade.

The South African Reserve Bank’s Monetary Policy Commitee announced Thursday its members have agreed on an "increase to the repurchase rate by 75 basis points to 5.50% per year, with effect from the 22nd of July 2022."

According to the statement, three members of the Committee preferred the announced increase. One member preferred a 100 basis points increase. Another member preferred a 50 basis point increase.

Lesetja Kganyago considers the revised repurchase rate "remains supportive of credit demand in the near term, while raising rates to levels consistent with the current view of inflation risks".

South African Reserve Bank told the aim of its policy was "to stabilise inflation expectations more firmly around the mid-point of the target band and to increase confidence of hitting the inflation target in 2024."

According to the governor of the SARB the southern African nation's economy is expected to grow by 2.0%, revised up from 1.7%.

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