CBN Raises Dollar Supply, Lifts Ban on Cement, 42 Items

The Central Bank of Nigeria has said it is raising dollar supply in the foreign exchange market, just as it also lifted the ban on 43 items that were previously not qualified for forex at the official market.

The decision was made after pressure from foreign organizations and experts caused the naira to drop to 1,050/$ on the parallel market on Thursday.

It has been noted earlier that despite unifying exchange rates, the CBN had in June said that the status quo remained on the 43 non-eligible items banned from the forex market introduced under the former governor, Godwin Emefiele.

Nigerians imported not less than nine items worth N18.12tn from the forex ban list of the CBN between 2016 and 2022.

According to an analysis of Nigerian Foreign Trade reports of the National Bureau of Statistics from 2016 to 2022, items such as crude palm oil, vegetable products, animal products, meat, vegetable fats and oil, steel products, rubber, plastic, clothes, and textiles were imported from various countries.

In a different report, it is revealed that despite the unavailability of forex for banned items by CBN, Nigerians imported five items worth N543bn in the first quarter of 2023.

However, different economic experts and organisations have repeatedly advised the CBN to remove the forex restrictions.

On its part, the World Bank in its Nigeria Development Update (June 2023), also  advised the CBN to end its forex restriction policy, adding this would complement moves to reduce inflation through a sequenced and coordinated mix of monetary, fiscal and trade plans.

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