Tunisia further tightens policy to tackle inflation

Central bank increases basic rate of interest by 100bp to 7.75%

The Central Bank of Tunisia, Tunis
Kamel Agrebi/photoline-digital.com

The board of directors of the Central Bank of Tunisia has resumed the tightening cycle started in 2018 in a bid to reduce persistent high inflation and the large current account deficit.

On February 19, the central bank increased the headline interest rate by 100 basis points, to 7.75%. In the policy statement, rate-setters stress “the continuation of inflationary pressures represents a risk to the economy and a threat to purchasing power”.

In January 2019, inflation rose year-on-year by 7.1%

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