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CREDIT TO PRIVATE SECTOR UP BY 2.2%

By Slindzelwe Nxumalo | 2022-11-28

Central Bank of Eswatini (CBE) Governor, Dr Phil Mnisi, has announced that credit extended to the private sector increased by 2.2 per cent month-on-month to settle at E17.1 billion at the end of September 2022.


Mnisi said this on Friday during his first monetary policy statement since re-joining the Central Bank of Eswatini.


He explained that the increase in credit was realised across all sectors and credit extended to other sectors of the domestic economy expanded by 4.4 per cent to close at E807.9 million at the end of September 2022.


“Credit extended to the household and non-profit institutions serving households (NPISH) sector grew by a marginal 0.3 per cent to close at E7.9 billion at the end of September 2022,” he said.


He also stated that credit extended to the business sector rose to E8.3 billion at the end of September 2022, depicting a growth of 3.9 per cent month-on-month.


“Non-performing loans decreased by 1.6 per cent over the month to close at E978.4 million at the end of September 2022,” said Mnisi.


He explained that the decline in NPLs was due to improved loan service by the business sector. The NPL ratio declined to 6.8 per cent from 7.0 per cent over the review period.


He further stated that the bank maintained its inflation forecasts at 4.8 per cent for 2022, whilst the forecasts for 2023 and 2024 were reviewed up to 5.5 per cent from 5.3 per cent and 5.0 per cent from 4.8 per cent, respectively.


“Inflationary risks to the outlook remain elevated due to higher inflation outlook in our major trading partner (South Africa) which would transmit to domestic inflation through imports, weaker exchange rate outlook, higher oil prices and other domestic administered price increases,” he said.


The governor assured that the bank would further continue to monitor international, regional and domestic developments that influence the movements of inflation and other macroeconomic indicators and will act appropriately in line with its mandate to foster price and financial stability that is conducive to the economic development in Eswatini.

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