Nigeria’s ongoing scarcity of overseas change is forcing corporates and companies to supply this useful resource on the parallel market, a former official with the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Business (LCCI) has stated. In line with Muda Yusuf, who’s the earlier director-general at LCCI, these shortages stem from the overseas change market liquidity constraints which were skilled within the first half of 2021.
As famous in a report primarily based on information from July 8, 2021, the turnover at certainly one of Nigeria’s a number of official foreign exchange markets dropped by 24.5% to $526.79 million. The report provides that the majority of those trades had been consummated on the change price of “between N400 and N460 to the greenback.” In distinction, the Nigerian naira’s parallel market change price presently stands at N505 per greenback based on Abokifx.
In his remarks, whereas talking on the Finance Correspondents Affiliation of Nigeria (FICAN) discussion board, Yusuf warned that such overseas change shortages might negatively impression the nation’s banking system. Yusuf defined:
Overseas change illiquidity aggravates funding danger which might negatively impression asset high quality within the banking system. Overseas currency-denominated loans account for between 30 per cent and 35 per cent of banks’ mortgage books. Overseas change volatility is related to dangers referring to asset high quality and monetary stability.
Conducive Enterprise Surroundings
The report quotes Yusuf arguing the case for a conducive enterprise local weather which he insists will “create extra avenues for funding” for monetary establishments. As well as, extra worthwhile asset courses will likely be wanted for such worthwhile investments to happen, he stated.
Moreover, Yusuf can also be quoted stressing the “want to handle the structural, coverage, institutional and regulatory constraints within the enterprise setting which might additionally lead to a discount in non-performing loans within the banking sector.”