BoB expects temporary drop in inflation

Decision-makers: The new Monetary Policy Committee following the appointment of two external members by the Finance Minister PIC: MBONGENI MGUNI
Decision-makers: The new Monetary Policy Committee following the appointment of two external members by the Finance Minister PIC: MBONGENI MGUNI

The Bank of Botswana (BoB) expects inflation to temporarily dip below the six percent level in coming months, marking a welcome but short-lived break from the pace of price increases for consumers.

The central bank has a medium term objective range for inflation of three to six percent, which it considers conducive for economic growth and stability in the country. However, inflation was last within the objective range in April 2021, as the impact of increases in various taxes and levies, as well as frequent hikes in administered prices such as fuel, have pushed the cost of living to 14-year peaks.

Projections shared by the BoB on Friday, however, point to reduction in the pace of inflation in the third quarter of this year. The BoB expects that inflation will revert to the three to six percent range by the second quarter of next year.

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