The benchmark interest rate in Zambia was last recorded at 8 percent.

Interest Rate in Zambia averaged 10.24 percent from 2012 until 2020, reaching an all time high of 15.50 percent in November of 2015 and a record low of 8 percent in August of 2020. This page provides - Zambia Interest Rate - actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. Zambia Interest Rate - data, historical chart, forecasts and calendar of releases - was last updated on October of 2020. source: Bank of Zambia

Interest Rate in Zambia is expected to be 8.00 percent by the end of this quarter, according to Trading Economics global macro models and analysts expectations. Looking forward, we estimate Interest Rate in Zambia to stand at 8.00 in 12 months time. In the long-term, the Zambia Interest Rate is projected to trend around 8.00 percent in 2021, according to our econometric models.

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Zambia Interest Rate

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
8.00 8.00 15.50 8.00 2012 - 2020 percent Daily

Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2019-11-20 09:50 AM 11.50% 10.25% 10.75%
2020-02-19 10:00 AM 11.5% 11.5% 11.5%
2020-05-20 12:30 PM 9.25% 11.5% 11.5%
2020-08-19 10:00 AM 8% 9.25% 9.25%
2020-11-18 09:00 AM 8% 8%

News Stream
Zambia Slashes Key Interest Rate to 8%
The Central Bank of Zambia cut its benchmark interest rate by 125 bps to 8% during its August 2020 meeting, to safeguard the financial sector stability and people's lives and livelihoods in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. The Committee noted the significant worsening in economic conditions over the second quarter and now sees the economy shrinking by 4.2% in 2020, deeper than an earlier projection of a 2.6% contraction, as disruptions caused by the pandemic crisis should continue to be felt in sectors such as tourism, wholesale & retail trade and construction. The overall inflation is expected to steadily decline and reach the upper bound of its 6-8% target range by the end of its forecast horizon, assuming a moderation in food prices due to the improvement in the supply of food items, in particular maize. The bank finalized saying that urgent macroeconomic adjustment measures remain imperative to promote sustainable development.
Zambia Cuts Key Interest Rate to 9.25%
The Central Bank of Zambia lowered its benchmark interest rate by 225 bps to 9.25% during its May 2020 meeting. The decision aimed at supporting economic activity and the financial sector stability against the adverse effects of the global pandemic, despite persistent inflationary pressures. Policymakers noted that inflation climbed to a near 4-year high of 15.7% in April, largely due to the sharp depreciation of the kwacha against the US dollar and the increase in food prices; and it is seen moving towards the upper bound of the 6-8% medium-term target range at the end of the forecast horizon in Q1 2022. The economy is projected to shrink by 2.6% in 2020 from a growth of 2.9% in 2019, the first contraction in over 20 years, amid a significant reduction in consumer and investment spending caused by disruptions in business operations. The bank urged for concerted efforts to deal with the pandemic shock and its effects along with the implementation of fiscal and structural reforms.
Zambia Leaves Key Interest Rate Unchanged at 11.5%
The Central Bank of Zambia held its benchmark interest rate steady at 11.5% during its February 2020 meeting, citing inflationary pressures and weak growth. Policymakers noted that headline inflation peaked to 12.5% in January, following the upward adjustment in electricity tariffs and fuel pump prices coupled with rising maize prices. It is projected to remain elevated over the earlier part of two-year forecast period and thereafter fall towards the upper-bound of the target range of 6-8% as food supply improves. The GDP growth is estimated to have slowed to 2% in 2019 from 4% in 2018, amid contractions in mining, electricity, cement output and manufacturing. Still, the bank expects it to quicken to 3% in 2020 and 3.7% in 2021, assuming recovery in the agriculture, electricity and mining sectors. Finally, the Committee voiced concerns about the slow pace of fiscal consolidation and urged to accelerate its implementation along with structural measures to curb debt.
Zambia Hikes Key Interest Rate to 11.5%
The Central Bank of Zambia raised its benchmark interest rate by 125 bps to 11.5% during its November meeting, saying that the decision aims to curb inflationary pressures and bring inflation back to the target range to restore macroeconomic stability. Policymakers noted that some upside risks to inflation have begun to materialise, including persistent high food prices, electricity disruptions, slow fiscal consolidation and high debt. In October, annual inflation hit a 3-year high of 10.7%, mainly influenced by drought; and it is projected to remain above the upper band of 6-8% until Q3 2021. Also, the GDP growth is expected to decline sharply to 2% in 2019 from 4% in 2018, amid lower agricultural and mining output and constrained electricity supply. The bank stressed that monetary policy needs to be complemented by corrective fiscal and structural policy measures; adding that it would further lift policy rate if inflation persistently remains above the target.

Zambia Interest Rate
In Zambia, interest rates decisions are taken by the Monetary Committee of the Bank of Zambia. The official rate is the policy rate.