The Bank of Namibia kept its benchmark interest rate steady at a record low of 3.75% during its December of 2020 meeting, following a similar decision by the South African Reserve Bank in November. Policymakers said that the current stance is still appropriate to continue supporting the economy amid low inflationary pressures and maintain the one-to-one link between the Namibian dollar and the South African rand. Policymakers said that available indicators suggest that domestic activity contracted during the first ten months of the year, and it is estimated to register an overall contraction in 2020, before an expected modest recovery in 2021. Meanwhile, headline inflation fell to 2.2% during the first ten months of the year, well below 4% a year ago; and it is expected to average 2.3% in 2020. source: Bank of Namibia

Interest Rate in Namibia averaged 6.90 percent from 2007 until 2020, reaching an all time high of 10.50 percent in May of 2007 and a record low of 3.75 percent in August of 2020. This page provides the latest reported value for - Namibia Interest Rate - plus previous releases, historical high and low, short-term forecast and long-term prediction, economic calendar, survey consensus and news. Namibia Interest Rate - data, historical chart, forecasts and calendar of releases - was last updated on January of 2021.

Interest Rate in Namibia is expected to be 3.75 percent by the end of this quarter, according to Trading Economics global macro models and analysts expectations. Looking forward, we estimate Interest Rate in Namibia to stand at 3.25 in 12 months time. In the long-term, the Namibia Interest Rate is projected to trend around 3.25 percent in 2021, according to our econometric models.

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Namibia Interest Rate

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
3.75 3.75 10.50 3.75 2007 - 2020 percent Daily


Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2020-06-17 09:00 AM 4% 4.25% 4.25%
2020-08-19 09:15 AM 3.75% 4% 4%
2020-10-21 09:00 AM 3.75% 3.75% 3.75%
2020-12-09 09:00 AM 3.75% 3.75% 3.75%
2021-02-17 09:00 AM 3.75% 3.50%


News Stream
Namibia Holds Key Interest Rate at 3.75%
The Bank of Namibia kept its benchmark interest rate steady at a record low of 3.75% during its December of 2020 meeting, following a similar decision by the South African Reserve Bank in November. Policymakers said that the current stance is still appropriate to continue supporting the economy amid low inflationary pressures and maintain the one-to-one link between the Namibian dollar and the South African rand. Policymakers said that available indicators suggest that domestic activity contracted during the first ten months of the year, and it is estimated to register an overall contraction in 2020, before an expected modest recovery in 2021. Meanwhile, headline inflation fell to 2.2% during the first ten months of the year, well below 4% a year ago; and it is expected to average 2.3% in 2020.
2020-12-09
Namibia Holds Key Interest Rate at 3.75%
The Bank of Namibia kept its benchmark interest rate steady at a record low of 3.75% during its October of 2020 meeting, following a similar decision by the South African Reserve Bank in September. Policymakers said that the current stance is still appropriate to continue supporting the economy amid low inflationary pressures and maintain the one-to-one link between the Namibian dollar and the South African rand. Policymakers said that available indicators suggest that domestic activity contracted during the first eight months of the year, amid declines in mining, manufacturing, tourism, wholesale & retail trade and transport & storage. Other sectors such as telecommunication and electricity generation improved, but the economy is projected to shrink by 7.8% in 2020 before a moderate recovery of 2.1% in 2021. Meanwhile, headline inflation fell to 2.2% during the first nine months of the year, well below 4.2% a year ago; and it is expected to average 2.3% in 2020.
2020-10-21
Namibia Cuts Key Interest Rate to 3.75%
The Bank of Namibia slashed its benchmark interest rate by another 25 bps to a record low of 3.75% during its meeting in August of 2020, following the South African Reserve Bank's interest rate cut by the same margin in July. Policymakers said the current stance is appropriate to continue supporting the economy amid low inflationary pressures and maintain the one-to-one link between the Namibian dollar and the South African rand. The economy is expected to contract by 7.8% in 2020, mainly attributed to the Covid-19 outbreak which affected key sectors such as hotels & restaurants, mining, transport & storage, manufacturing, wholesale & retail trade, financial services and construction. Meanwhile, the GDP is seen recovering to growth rates of 2.1% and 2.7% in 2021 and 2022, respectively. Headline inflation remained unchanged for the third consecutive month at 2.1% in July, well below 3.6% a year before; and it is projected to average around 2% in 2020.
2020-08-19
Namibia Trims Key Interest Rate to 4%
The Bank of Namibia cut its benchmark interest rate by 25 bps to a historic low of 4% during its meeting in June of 2020, saying the current stance is appropriate to continue supporting the economy and maintain the one-to-one link between the Namibian dollar and the South African rand. Policymakers noted that overall domestic activity declined in the first four months of the year, on the back of lockdown measures aimed at containing the spread of Covid-19; and it is projected to contract further in 2020. Meanwhile, inflation has been trending lower, having reached 2.1% in May (vs 4.1% a year before), and it is expected to average 2% in 2020.
2020-06-17

Namibia Interest Rate
In Namibia, interest rates decisions are taken by the Executive Committee of the Bank of Namibia. The official interest rate is the Repo Rate.