CBN retains MPR at 13.5% to absorb exchange rate pressure, others
The Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) on Tuesday retained Monetary Policy Rate (MPR) at 13.5 per cent and held other policy parameters constant.
CBN Governor, Mr Godwin Emefiele said this during a national broadcast on Tuesday.
The CBN chief said the MPC also noted continued rising in domestic prices, low oil prices in the wake of global oil shock, exchange rate pressure and other domestic and fiscal responses in the revolving crisis.
He stated that in view of these, the committee unanimously voted to retain MPR and hold other policy parameters constant.
Emefiele stated that the committee also decided to retain Asymmetric Corridors of +200 -500 bp around the MPR as well as retained Cash Reserve Ratio (CRR) at 27.5 per cent and Liquidity Ratio at 30 per cent.
He explained that after weighing the options of tightening, loosening or to hold, the committee while taking the decision took cognisant of the need to address unfolding and unfavorable micro economic development.
He said these were reigning inflation, need to support growth and employment through the extant intervention and recent initiative to support external reserves and creation.
He added that in taking the decision, the committee noted the fact that the CRR was increased at the last MPC meeting.
He said time was required for its full effect to be manifested pointing out that increasing the MPR would contradict the recent reduction in the interest rates of CBN intervention programmes from nine to five per cent.
“Besides an increase in MPR will be taken by Deposit Money Banks (DMBs) as an invitation to increase lending rate and this will be most undesirable at this point in time when efforts are being made to avert a recession.
“Another reason is that a reduction in MPR will not make DMBs to reduce lending rate but other CBN strategies are making DMBs to reduce the lending rates in furtherance of the growth objective,” he said. (NAN)