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Ghana maintains highest interest, lending rates position in Africa



Interest rates, T-bills

Ghana maintained its highest interest rates, lending rates position among some top African countries, tracked by Pan African bank, Absa Group and Databank Research.

According to the data, the country’s 30.1% and 31.3% interest rates on the 91-day and 182-day Treasury bills respectively are also among the highest globally.

Again, average lending rates hovering around 35%, ranks Ghana among the highest on the continent

T-Bill rates are likely to go up in the coming weeks to compensate investors for the rising inflation.  The rates in the country are presently lower than the inflation rate of 33.9%.

This will again push the cost of borrowing further up.

Indeed, the relentless pace of inflation has stretched real returns on short term securities further down into negative territory.

So if you have bought Treasury bills in recent times, the return on your investments is negative.

This situation may compel the Bank of Ghana to increase its Monetary Policy Rate from the current 22%, to help mop up excess liquidity in circulation, though some analysts have argued that any such move may affect the real sector of the economy.

Meanwhile, the rising interest rates in the Treasury market is expected to push further government interest costs, from the estimated ¢42 billion.

Again, the cost of borrowing and production cost per unit of most businesses will also shoot up.

Meanwhile, Egypt follows Ghana closely with a 91-day Treasury bill rate of 15.60%.

Its currency – the Egyptian Pound – has also been recording rapid depreciation to the dollar.

Seychelles has the lowest interest rate of 0.88% among the top 11 African countries.

Top African countries with lowest interest rates

COUNTRIES 91-Day T-bills 182-Day T-bills RANKINGS
Seychelles 0.88% 1.47% 1st
Mauritius 1.00% 1.12% 2nd
Tanzania 3.00% 4.08% 3rdh
Botswana 3.35% 4.02% 4th
Nigeria 5.50% 6.00% 5th
South Africa 5.63% 6.99% 6th
Namibia 7.11% 7.54% 7th
Kenya 8.95% 11.83% 8th
Uganda 9.31% 11.83% 10th
Zambia 9.94% 10.00%  11th
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