• Monday, March 04, 2024
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Cardoso says CBN targeting genuine price discovery for naira

Olayemi Cardoso blames foreign education, healthcare for naira’s slide

Yemi Cardoso, governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria said that the naira is currently undervalued, adding that the CBN is working on stabilising the local currency through genuine price discovery.

“We believe that the naira is currently undervalued and coupled with coordinated measures on the fiscal side, we will expedite genuine price discovery in the near term, this coordinated approach will contribute to a more balanced and stable exchange rate.”

He said this at the launch of the NESG 2024 Macroeconomic outlook report today, with the theme: “Economic Transformation Roadmap: Medium Term Policy Priorities”

He also mentioned the efforts of the CBN in collaboration with other institutions to ensure all FX inflows go through it,

“ Our initiatives on FX, we are pleased to note our collaboration with the Ministry of Finance and the NNPCL to ensure that all FX inflows are returned to the central bank. This coordinated effort will greatly enhance the bank’s FX flows and contribute to the accretion of reserves.”

Cardoso said the expected stability in the foreign exchange market for 2024 can be attributed to the reduction in petroleum products imports and the recent implementation of a market-determined exchange rate policy by the Central Bank of Nigeria.

“This reform is designed to streamline and unify multiple exchange rates fostering transparency and reducing arbitrage opportunities. The resulting consistent and stable exchange rate will not only boost investor confidence but also attract foreign investment elevating Nigeria’s appeal to global investors,” he said.

He also mentioned that the CBN has implemented a comprehensive strategy to improve liquidity in our FX markets in the short, medium, or long term.

“Our focus is on addressing fundamental issues that have hindered the effective operation of our markets over the years.

“With the completion of an independent forensic review, we are addressing the backlog of valid FX transactions and we remain steadfast in our commitment to decisively address any infractions and abuses,” he said.

He said in efforts to stabilize the exchange rate, they must prioritise transparency and create a market environment that enables the fair determination of exchange rates.

He said that the NESG theme underscores the requirement for a clearly outlined roadmap, comprising distinct yet interconnected phases and essential policy recommendations that resonate with him.

“We have just last week, launched a new five-year strategy for the Central Bank of Nigeria for the period 2024 to 2028 that provides a clear roadmap for achieving a mandate anchored on the following themes; price stability or Monetary policy effectiveness, robust and resilient financial system, governance compliance and advisory to government,” he said

The governor said that these form the pillars around which all our actions and activities would involve and enable us to deliver on our mission to ensure monetary price and financial system stability as a catalyst for inclusive growth and sustainable economic development.