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Angola Leaves Key Interest Rate Unchanged as Inflation Slows

Angola’s central bank left its benchmark interest rate unchanged at 10.5 percent after inflation slowed.

The inflation rate fell to 11.4 percent in October from 11.9 percent in the previous month, the statistics office said on Nov. 14. Angola is targeting inflation of below 12 percent by the end of the year.

‘Inflation has been falling,’’ the Luanda-based Banco Nacional de Angola said in an e-mailed statement yesterday. “We can attain the planned target.”

The Monetary Policy Committee was formed in August amid the country’s attempts to improve financial management after it secured a loan from the International Monetary Fund in 2009. Commercial banks previously used domestic-bond yields and other financial instruments to determine lending costs for clients. The benchmark rate was set at 10.5 percent in the committee’s first decision announced Oct. 28.

The central bank cut its overnight Luanda interbank offered rate, or Luibor, to 6.43 percent on Nov. 25 from 6.5 percent. The rate for 30-day borrowings was increased to 8.1 percent from 8.08 percent, the Luanda-based bank said on its website without giving reasons.

The kwanza has weakened 2.7 percent against the dollar this year and traded at 95.1650 as of 8:22 a.m. Luanda time. The central bank sells dollars in three foreign-currency auctions a week.

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