SBP slashes interest rate to 9 percent amid coronavirus pandemic

State Bank of Pakistan jacks up key rate to 21 percent

KARACHI: The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) on Thursday slashed the benchmark interest rate by 200 basis points to 9 percent in a bid to help businesses cope with the growing challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic.
The decision was taken following a meeting of the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) on March 24 which noted the worsening outlook for global and domestic economic activity in the wake of the Corona pandemic.
Given the unfolding situation, the MPC noted that it “remains ready to take whatever further actions become necessary in response to the evolving economic impact of the Coronavirus.


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