According to the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), there will be improved macroeconomic in 2024. Stable foreign exchange rates and increased demand for goods and services will also support domestic manufacturing.
During the 10th National Economic Outlook: Implications for Businesses in 2024, which was organized by the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria, CIBN, in partnership with B. Adedipe Associates Limited in Lagos, Mr. Muhammad Abdullahi, Deputy Governor Economic Policy, Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, made this statement in a keynote address.
Meanwhile the CIBN has harped on the need for emphasises on economic diversification and value addition as a criterial for driving economic growth.
Represented by the Director Monetary Policy, CBN, Dr. Mohammed Tumala, Abdullahi said: “Due to the expected increase in crude oil production, arising from improved surveillance and infrastructure, better maintenance of plants, and increased investments in the oil sector, growth would be enhanced
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“ Furthermore, gradual revival of domestic manufacturing due to a more stable exchange rate, higher anticipated demand from a growing middle class, improved macroeconomic
conditions, as well as access to cheaper foreign inputs are expected to spur domestic manufacturing and industrial development.”
Abdullahi further noted that though inflation rate is expected to decline this year, and such would bring about positive outcomes, businesses should be vigilant as external economic factors such as exchange rate, crude oil price and global supply chain can influence the trajectory of inflation.
He added: “Therefore, as we traverse the complexities of both the domestic and global economy, the Bank’s strategies will play a pivotal role in maintaining stability and fostering an environment that encourages”
On his part, the President/Chairman of Council, CIBN, Dr. Ken Opara said that 2024, presents the country’s economic landscape with both challenges and opportunities shaped by specific, quantifiable realities.
He added that among other things promoting exports and enhancing value addition in key sectors like agriculture and manufacturing, would generate significant gains for the economy.
“As we look to 2024, our economic landscape is shaped by particular, quantifiable realities and offers both challenges and opportunities.”The depreciation of the naira due to fluctuations in foreign exchange has caused a 49 percent impact on businesses’ import costs over the past year (World Currency Monitor, 2024).