KATHMANDU — Nepal Rastra Bank is unveiling the Monetary Policy 2018-19 on Wednesday, introducing a provision whereby domestic commercial banks will be able to hedge against convertible foreign currency by borrowing from foreign banks.
The central regulatory and monetary authority has opened a borrowing facility from foreign banks to meet the credit requirement in the production and infrastructure sectors, according to central bank sources.
The Monetary Policy is expected to bring down the cash reserve ratio from six per cent of the current fiscal to five per cent, eyeing the liquidity scenario.
The monetary policy for the next fiscal will also narrow down the weighted interest spread rate from five per cent. In the context of commercial banks not being able to meet the priority sector lending mainly in the agriculture sector, the monetary policy is likely to extend a year’s period for banks to meet the priority sector or productive sector lending provision.
The Financial Sector Development Strategy of the government has also envisioned narrowing down the weighted interest rate spread.
According to the sources, the monetary policy would ease the provision of margin lending due to the depression witnessed in the stock market.
Business community demands slash in interest rate
BIRATNAGAR— The industrialists and traders in Biratnagar have asked the government to immediately reduce the high interest rate charged by the bank and financial institutions (BFIs) from the borrowers.
They argued that the interest rate should be around seven percent for the production-based industries and up to nine percent for the trading firms.
At a programme jointly organised by Industry Association Morang and Trade Association Morang on Thursday, the business leaders drew attention of the government to that end adding that job creation for the labour force of 500,000 was not likely only from the industry and trade sectors.
Stressing the need for slashing the interest rate, they also argued the central bank should realise the reality that no bank was running out of loss. The industrialists and businesspersons said that industries and business should flourish to reduce the trade deficit, strengthen the economy and create more job opportunities.
Industrialists Bhim Ghimire, Pawan Kumar Sharda, Sushen Pyakurel, Moti Dugad and others said that bank’s interest rate should be low to increase the domestic investment and lure the foreign investment.