Uganda Vows `More Aggressive’ Support for Currency, Central Bank Says

Posted January 19, 2011 by Ugandan Diaspora News Team in Business ~ 2,827 views


By Fred Ojambo | Uganda’s central bank said the shilling is “undervalued” versus the dollar and that it plans to “adopt a more aggressive stance” to support the local currency.

The shilling has declined more than 19 percent against the dollar since the beginning of last year. The East African nation’s currency traded at 2,355 to the dollar at 5 p.m. in Kampala, the capital, from 2,390 late yesterday.

“Further depreciation will be counterproductive for macroeconomic management, especially because of the impact this will have on the price of imported goods and hence on consumer price inflation,” Emmanuel Tumusiime-Mutebile, governor of the Kampala-based bank, said today in an e-mailed statement. “For the immediate future, curbing such depreciation will be a priority of the Bank of Uganda’s macroeconomic management.”

The inflation rate rose to an annual 3.1 percent in December, from 1.4 percent the month before, as the prices of some food items increased, Uganda’s statistics agency said on Dec. 31.

“We sold dollars yesterday to the interbank market,” Tumusiime-Mutebile said. “We are prepared to intervene again if necessary. We are complementing this by raising interest rates in the interbank market and on the repo instruments.”

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