OCR Drop Positive Move
Today’s drop in the Official Cash Rate (OCR) has been hailed as the right move in the current economic climate by the
Employers and Manufacturers Association.
The Reserve Bank reduced the OCR by 25 basis points to 2.75 percent.
Chief Executive Officer, Kim Campbell, says the much anticipated drop was in keeping with the EMA’s call to keep the
country’s economy competitive.
“We think this is good news for our members and keeps us on a steady economic keel,” says Mr Campbell.
He says the economic fundamentals remain stable and he would expect it to continue in this direction – with growth at
two percent and inflation still below target.
“Obviously, today’s announcement is excellent news for our exporters. We’ve seen some sectors improve markedly over the
past few months, as was evidenced in the most recent July trade figures, with meat and fruit leading the way. Tourism is
also performing extremely well at present, contributing around four percent to our gross domestic product.
“Imported goods rose in July by 4.8% compared with a year earlier. While there is some inflation being experienced, it’s
manageable,” says Mr Campbell.