ISLAMABAD - There is a total uncertainty in the country’s economic sector due to high mark-up rates. Policy makers should take steps to bring down mark-up rate to increase investment for improving the economy.
President ICCI urged that SBP should cut the discount rate to provide relief to industry that is facing various problems mainly increasing cost of doing business. There is a dire need of private sector investment in current crisis prevailing in our economy and SBP is using an inappropriate tool as of tight monetary policy to compensate for the government’s borrowing for financing its current expenditures, he opinioned. Considering the current economic slowdown, the SBP should make a deep cut in the discount rate, Yassar added.
Yassar Sakhi Butt was of the view that the unchanged policy rate would not provide any relief to the industrial or corporate sectors, and it could result in a deepened recession this year. To promote industrial and economic growth, the government and the SBP should cut the mark-up rate down to a single digit, he contended. He said that high mark-up rates and less availability of cheaper credit for the private sector especially for setting up industrial units or reviving sick industrial units is hindering the future investment.
ICCI President said that the SBP decision to keep unchanged interest rate has dashed the hopes of the business community, which was expecting a remarkable cut in the existing rate of mark-up. ICCI urged the central bank to announce cut in interest rate, which is a prerequisite to enhance productivity.
Tight monetary policy is no solution to economic problems, he maintained.