The Committee also kept other short term rates unchanged, marginal funding rate at 10.75 percent, and borrowing rate at 7.25 percent, said in the statement released by the Central Bank on Dec. 22.
The statement of the Monetary Policy Committee (the Committee) commented as follows:
"Annual loan growth continues at reasonable rates in response to the tight monetary policy stance and macroprudential measures. The favorable developments in the terms of trade and the moderate course of consumer loans contribute to the improvement in the current account balance."
The composition of growth has "shifted towards net exports with the support of rising demand from the European Union economies" the statement added.
"The Committee assesses that the implementation of the announced structural reforms would contribute to the potential growth significantly" stressed the Central Bank Committee.
The statement said that energy price developments affect inflation "favorably", while "cumulative exchange rate movements delay the improvement in the core indicators".
The statement underlined the uncertainty in global markets and stated that considering its impacts on inflation expectation and the volatility in energy and unprocessed food prices, tight liquidity stance was decided to be maintained "as long as deemed necessary".
“The decline in volatility observed after the start of the global policy normalization persist” it added.