ICCI slams SBP for making steep hike in benchmark interest rate
- April 09, 2022
ICCI President said that our economy was already facing many great challenges including rising inflation, sharp currency devaluation, unbearable foreign debt, depleting foreign exchange reserves, growing fiscal imbalances and dwindling foreign direct investments. He said that in these circumstances, the government should have made significant cut in the benchmark interest rate to promote ease of doing business in order to revive the business and economic activities. However, the great hike in interest rate would make the credit cost unviable for the private sector due to which efforts to expand current businesses and make new investments would face massive hurdles. He emphasized that the SBP should reconsider its decision and reduce the interest rate to make credit cost affordable for business class.
Jamshaid Akhtar Sheikh Senior Vice President and Muhammad Faheem Khan Vice President ICCI said that in the past, governments used the policy of increasing interest rate to control inflation, but this policy has failed miserably. They said that instead of controlling inflation, high interest rate would lead to rapid de-industrialization causing more slowdown in GDP growth. They urged that SBP should withdraw the massive hike in interest rate to save the economy from its disastrous consequences.