Of Botswana’s economic philosophy and raising rates

Balancing act: BoB governor, Moses Pelaelo has to thread the line between restraining inflation and supporting the economic rebound PIC: PHATSIMO KAPENG
Balancing act: BoB governor, Moses Pelaelo has to thread the line between restraining inflation and supporting the economic rebound PIC: PHATSIMO KAPENG

On Thursday 16th June 2022, the Bank of Botswana announced a hike of its Monetary Policy Rate by 50 basis points moving from 1.65% to 2.15%.

First and foremost, what does this mean for you and me? In simple terms, it means most of your loans just got half a percent more expensive.

That is, if the loan interest rate you were being charged by your bank was 7% it will now be 7.5% meaning you will be paying more every month.

Editor's Comment
A step in the right direction

That is indeed a welcome development, especially looking at the fact that the manual way of doing things is slowly disappearing and competency in the use of computers and other digital gadgets has become a must.The simple way of looking at it is just an example that almost all companies have gone completely digital and school leavers will be better placed after leaving school, because they will already be familiar with the use of computers.The...

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