Business
Shilling weakens, pressured by growth forecast cut
Publish Date: May 03, 2014
Shilling weakens, pressured by growth forecast cut
  • mail
  • img
newvision

KAMPALA - The Ugandan shilling fell on Friday, sapped by demand from energy and manufacturing firms and on reduced growth expectations after the central bank cut its forecast for economic output.

Commercial banks quoted the currency at 2,525/2,535 down from Wednesday's close of 2,515/2,525.

Ugandan markets were closed for Labour Day on Thursday.

"The market is receiving a lot of end month-related demand from the manufacturing and energy sectors," said Shahzad Kamaluddin, a trader at Crane Bank.

Also, "the central bank's new forecast for growth signals the economy isn't doing very well... that's not good news for the shilling."

Earlier on Friday, Bank of Uganda cut its growth forecast for the 2013/14 fiscal year to 5.7 percent from 6 percent while holding the benchmark interest rate at 11.5 percent.
 
David Bagambe, a trader at Diamond Trust Bank Uganda, said the shilling was also being undermined by market expectations of a slowdown in hard currency flows from offshore investors.

"Rates are going down and we don't think demand for Ugandan debt from foreign investors will remain the same," he said.

"... We expect a dip in inflows from these people which inevitably will hit the shilling."

At a Treasury bill auction worth 120 billion Ugandan shillings this week, the weighted average yield fell across all maturities.

The statements, comments, or opinions expressed through the use of New Vision Online are those of their respective authors, who are solely responsible for them, and do not necessarily represent the views held by the staff and management of New Vision Online.

New Vision Online reserves the right to moderate, publish or delete a post without warning or consultation with the author.Find out why we moderate comments. For any questions please contact digital@newvision.co.ug

  • mail
  • img
blog comments powered by Disqus
Also In This Section
Pakasa Forum: Long queue for tickets at Vision Group offices
People queu outside the Vision Group head office in Industrial Area to receive their passes to the Fourth Pakasa Forum due tomorrow August 23 at Kampala Parents School in Naguru....
Pick your Pakasa access pass at New Vision offices
Access passes to the fourth edition of Vision Group’s Pakasa Forum on Saturday are now available at the New Vision reception on Plot 19/21, First Street, Industrial Area....
Fake inputs: Are the laws too weak?
The name Container Village in Kampala downtown rings an instant bell to every farmer who buys farm inputs. The place is no longer full of the containers from which the name was derived....
KCCA discourages taxi drivers from striking
Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) will continue engaging city drivers despite their intended Monday strike....
Pakasa Forum to broadcast live across East Africa
At least five television stations across the East African region will telecast Vision Group’s Pakasa Forum live this Saturday....
Ethiopian Airlines’ Entebbe-Juba route promising
Two weeks after Ethiopian Airlines launched a daily direct route from Entebbe to Juba, frequent flyers between Uganda and South Sudan seem to be embracing the development rather fast....
Will strict traffic laws reduce road accidents?
Yes
No
Can't Say
follow us
subscribe to our news letter