A narrow mandate of price stability for central banks is the only way to ensure that they have unquestioned independence, one of Germany’s leading monetary policy makers said on Monday. Andreas Dombret, who is a member of the executive board of the Deutsche Bundesbank, was speaking in Pretoria just a day before the high court threw out the public protector’s recommendation to change the Reserve Bank’s price stability mandate. He declined to comment on events in SA or on its central bank. However, he said in an address at the University of Pretoria: "Independence and a narrow mandate for central banks are important achievements. "The thought that these achievements might be questioned deeply unsettles me." Dombret said that in a democracy, politicians would concede control over monetary policy to a central bank only if the focus of the bank was on a narrow mandate, to maintain stable prices. Otherwise, the central bank would have too large a span of control, he said. "Using monetary ...

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