CBN Is Ready To Introduce Flexible Exchange Rate Policy

The Central Bank of Nigeria ,CBN, is to adopt a flexible exchange rate policy following the economic crisis rocking the nation.

This was the decision of the Monetary Policy Committee, MPC, on Tuesday, May 24, which it said will restore the automatic adjustments properties of the exchange rate.

The apex bank boss, Godwin Emefiele, who addressed newsmen at the end of the bi-monthly MPC meeting in Abuja, said: “The foreign exchange market framework is now ready. The MPC voted unanimously to adopt greater flexibility in exchange rate policy to restore the automatic adjustment properties of the exchange rate. Consequently, all nine members voted to hold and introduce greater flexibility in managing the foreign exchange rate.”

According to Emefiele, the MPC, in its assessment of the relevant risk profiles “came to the conclusion that although the balance of risks remains tilted against growth; previous decisions need time to crystalise. Consequently, in a period of stagflation (price rising continuously without corresponding increase in jobs), the policy options are very limited. To avoid complicating the conditions, the Committee decided on the least risky option to hold.”

The least risky option, he said, is the adoption of a flexible foreign exchange rate. However, the CBN “would retain a small window for funding critical transactions. Details of operation of the market would be released by the CBN in a few days time, the CBN governor said.

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