In Kenya President Kenyatta assents law capping commercial bank lending rates

Parliament passed changes to the banking law in early August to cap commercial interest rates at 400 basis points

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Kenya's President Kenyatta salutes guests as he prepares to receive Pope Francis at the State House in Kenya's capital Nairobi play Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta salutes guests as he prepares to receive Pope Francis at the State House in Kenya's capital Nairobi, November 25, 2015. (REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya)
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Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta has signed into law a bill that would cap commercial bank lending rates at 4 percentage points above the central bank's benchmark lending rate, his office said on Wednesday.

Parliament passed changes to the banking law in early August to cap commercial interest rates at 400 basis points above the central bank's policy rate, now 10.5 percent. The changes had since been awaiting presidential approval.

"I have assented to the bill as presented to me. We will implement the new law, noting the difficulties that it would present, which include credit becoming unavailable to some consumers and the possible emergence of unregulated informal and exploitative lending mechanisms," Kenyatta said in a statement

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