Bank of Jamaica Monetary Policy 2022 Schedule for Policy Interest Rate Announcements
Bank of Jamaica today publishes the schedule of announcements of monetary policy decisions for 2022 and reconfirms the scheduled announcements dates for the remainder of 2021, which were previously published on 17 November 2020.
The scheduled dates for monetary policy announcements for the remainder of 2021 and 2022 are as follows:
- Monday, 20 December 2021
- Friday, 18 February 2022
- Tuesday, 29 March 2022
- Thursday, 19 May 2022
- Wednesday, 29 June 2022
- Thursday, 18 August 2022
- Thursday, 29 September 2022
- Friday, 18 November 2022
- Tuesday, 20 December 2022
Announcements will at minimum be in the form of a press release, which will indicate, inter-alia, the decision on the policy interest rate (the interest rate paid by Bank of Jamaica on overnight deposits by deposit‐taking institutions) and the rationale for the decision.
The Bank will continue to host quarterly press conferences to discuss the rationale for its decisions and the economic outlook for Jamaica.
This public commitment to a schedule for announcing monetary policy decisions is intended to improve the transparency of Bank of Jamaica’s monetary policy framework. The objective of monetary policy conducted by Bank of Jamaica is to ensure that the inflation target set by the Government is met.
In making a monetary policy decision, the Bank undertakes a comprehensive assessment of economic conditions and inflation. This assessment is done eight times during the year. At the end of each quarter, when most data on the key macroeconomic variables are available and current, the Bank prepares a comprehensive macroeconomic forecast at least eight quarters ahead, covering the international economy, the fiscal accounts, the balance of payments, money, credit, interest rates, output (GDP) and prices (inflation). Another assessment is made halfway through each quarter which primarily analyses the balance of risks to the most recent quarterly forecast.
Bank of Jamaica is committed to transparency in its policies and will continue to take steps to improve the communication of monetary policy.