DUBAI: Oman’s central bank yesterday cut the ceiling on interest rates that commercial banks can charge on new personal loans to 6 percent from 7 percent, to ease the financial burden on borrowers in the sultanate, state news agency ONA reported.
“This decrease comes as part of a regular review that the bank does on personal loan rates through the continuous analysis and statistics of the sector indicators,” ONA quoted the central bank board as saying.
“The board intends to make sure that the cost of debt in the local market is at levels that encourage savings and maintain stability in prices.”
Commercial banks in Oman charged local currency borrowers 5.464 percent on average in July, the lowest rate since at least 2002, the latest central bank data show.
Annual growth in bank lending in Oman accelerated to a four-month high of 8.1 percent in July. However, that is well below average credit growth of 17.3 percent in 2012.