FPCCI criticizes hike in SBP policy rate


Staff Reporter


Dr. Mirza Ikhtiar Baig Senior Vice President FPCCI & Convener FPCCI standing committee on Banking, Credit & Finance criticized further hike in SBP policy rate by 100 basis point to 13.2%. Dr. Baig said, in his recent meeting with the Prime Minister Imran Khan in Karachi, he informed PM that FPCCI don’t agree SBP policy for containing inflation by increasing SBP policy rates.
He said it will further increase lending rates of the banks to 15% to 16% and would increase financial cost discouraging new investment and economic growth in the country.
Dr. Baig said that due to increase in SBP discount rate, the lending rates of the banks have been doubled and feared increase in Non Performing Loans (NPLs) and closure if industries which will create unemployment in the country
IMF in its recent report projected 14% SBP policy rate and SBP monitory policy following IMF direction which will give adverse effects to new industrialization and job creation in the country.
Dr. Baig said that due to higher markups and financial cost, there is also reduction in private sector credit which will further slump the economic growth & activities.