June 18, 2019 / 10:08 AM / a month ago

UPDATE 1-Uganda central bank holds key lending rate, sees faster GDP growth

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KAMPALA, June 18 (Reuters) - Uganda’s central bank held its key lending rate on Tuesday and forecast faster economic growth for 2019/20.

Bank of Uganda Governor Emmanuel Tumusiime-Mutebile said the bank had held the level at 10.0%, the fourth time it kept the rate unchanged.

He forecast the economy to expand 6.3% in 2019/20 (July-June), compared with 6.1% in 2018/19.

“Indicators of real economic activity and business and consumer confidence indicate favourable economic growth prospects in the near term,” he told a news conference.

Tumusiime-Mutebile said escalating global trade tensions, local unfavourable weather and delays in infrastructure projects could dampen economic activity.

Headline inflation was 3.3% pct in May from 3.5% the previous month while annual core inflation, which the central bank tracks for monetary policy purposes, declined 4.6% in May from 4.8% a month earlier. (Reporting by Elias Biryabarema; Writing by George Obulutsa; Editing by Andrew Cawthorne)

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