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Nigeria’s Central Bank Retains Benchmark Rate At 13.5%

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The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has retained its benchmark interest rate at 13.5 percent, Godwin Emefiele announced the decision of the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) meeting to the media on Friday.


Some analysts have predicted that the bank will likely retain the rate as pressure continues to mount on the local currency on the back of slow economic growth and fluctuation in the global price of crude oil.
Emefiele said tightening credit could constrain fragile economic growth while loosening it could allow inflation to rise.
He said holding rates steady would allow the bank to appraise the impact of current policies, such as changes to the loan to deposit ratios at banks, before determining what shift, if any, was needed.
Inflation fell to a nearly four-year low of 11.02 percent in August but the price index remains outside the bank’s single-digit target.
The central bank in March cut its benchmark interest rate to 13.5 percent from 14 percent in a surprise move as part of an attempt to stimulate growth and signal a new direction. It was the first rate cut since November 2015.
Africa’s largest economy and top crude oil exporter emerged from its first recession in 25 years in 2017. Growth remains fragile but higher oil prices and recent debt sales have helped the country to accrue billions of dollars in foreign reserves.

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