Why Cost Of Doing Business Is High —CBN

Godwin Emefiele, CBN Governor

THE Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), end of the week expressed why the cost of doing business in the nation is high, focusing on that it is a segment of many elements and not loan fee alone as for the most part saw.

The CBN additionally expressed that the rejection of 41 things is intended to save outside trade and urge nearby creation to support the nation’s fare profit.

Talking at the Vanguard Awards, the CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele said the approach had been utilized to accomplish noteworthy adequacy in concrete creation, an item whose importation could have been costing the country over US$3.2 billion.

His words: “I sympathize with people when I hear the call on the CBN to reduce interest rates. I share their goal of a reduced single digit interest rate regime in Nigeria. But many people do not seem to understand that in times of high inflation, reducing interest rates make inflationary pressures much worse, with a second round effect of making economic growth even less possible.

“It is also important to note that interest rates reflect both cost of capital as well as cost of doing business. If we can approximate cost of capital as the average saving interest rate, which is about six percent, what then accounts for lending rates at 25 per cent or more? It is cost of doing business. For example, a typical Nigerian bank must employ the services of policemen and other security people deployed constantly to protect its branches. The bank must also provide a significant amount for reliable electricity and broadband internet services to keep its systems running. These expenditures only further increase costs of doing business for lenders, a cost they must pass on to borrowers.

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“This is why the CBN’s fight to bring inflation down is strongly connected to our quest to ensure that lending rates also come down in due course.”



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