The Central Bank of Nigeria has said the recent monetary policy decision on floating naira is a managed float and not free float
In a recent interview with Bloomberg in Rabat, Morocco, Deputy Governor Kingsley Obiora revealed that the Central Bank of Nigeria clarified its recent monetary policy decision.
On floating naira decision, the Deputy Governor predicts GDP growth of 6% by 2024, expects the naira exchange rate to stabilize.
The deputy governor also expressed caution in determining whether the exchange rate of the naira to the dollar has reached its lowest point, suggesting that it may still be too early to make such a determination.
Obiora stated that Nigeria plans to announce further measures to loosen foreign exchange controls, in the interview, stating that Nigerians should expect more policy changes “in the next couple of weeks.”
He added that the CBN has not intervened in Nigeria’s FX markets since the new policies were introduced, adding “We are allowing the market itself to set a price.”
The CBN chief noted that it has no plans to set the Naira on a totally free float, as no country runs a completely free float, the report said:
“There is no country in the world, even the US, that has a completely free float,” he said.
“It may be too early to determine if the naira’s exchange rate to the dollar has bottomed out.”
Obiara cited reports by the IMF that suggest that the naira should not be as weak as the parallel market indicated, adding that he expects that the supply of foreign exchange will eventually be unlocked once the price of the dollar reaches a level that both buyers and sellers consider “fair.”
He also noted that he expects Nigeria’s GDP growth to hit 6% by 2024, noting that GDP should approach $700 billion in 4 years, according to Obiora, the report noted:
“The removal of subsidies, along with the convergence of the exchange rates will drive economic growth, especially from next year when the policies start making an impact.
“I completely expect us to do 5% to 6% growth next year,”
“Over the next four years, you may see the GDP approach something like $600 billion to $700 billion,”