Kenyan central bank launches new interest rate

Kenyan central bank

The Central Bank of Kenya acted to "enhance the supply of private sector credit" yesterday, by introducing a new base rate for commercial banks to use when deciding what interest rates to charge borrowers.

Effective immediately, banks are required to use the Kenya Bank Reference Rate (KBRR) – based on the central bank's policy rate and the prevailing rates on certain Treasury bills – as the basis on which they price loans.

The central bank's monetary policy committee set the KBRR at 9.13%

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