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Monetary Operations

Statutory Reserve Requirement (SRR)

The Statutory Reserve Requirement (SRR) is an instrument to manage liquidity. Banking institutions are required to maintain balances in their Statutory Reserve Accounts (SRA) equivalent to a certain proportion of their eligible liabilities (EL), this proportion being the SRR rate.

The SRR may be raised to manage the significant build-up of liquidity, which may result in financial imbalances and create risks to financial stability. Conversely, the Bank may lower the SRR if necessary to support the transmission of monetary policy rates to retail rates. However, it is important to note that changes to SRR should not be construed as a signal on the stance of monetary policy, whereby the OPR is the sole indicator.