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The following is a reformatted version of a statement published Tuesday on the Reserve Bank of Australia’s website, after Governor Philip Lowe and his board kept the overnight cash-rate target at 1.5 percent.

At its meeting today, the Board decided to leave the cash rate unchanged at 1.50 percent.

Conditions in the global economy have improved over recent months. Both global trade and industrial production have picked up. Labor markets have tightened in many countries. Above-trend growth is expected in a number of advanced economies, although uncertainties remain. In China, growth is being supported by higher spending on infrastructure and property construction. This composition of growth and the rapid increase in borrowing mean that the medium-term risks to Chinese growth remain. The improvement in the global economy has contributed to higher commodity prices, which are providing a significant boost to Australia’s national income.

Headline inflation rates have moved higher in most countries, partly reflecting the higher commodity prices. Core inflation remains low. Long-term bond yields are higher than last year, although in a historical context they remain low. Interest rates have increased in the United States and there is no longer an expectation of additional monetary easing in other major economies. Financial markets have been functioning effectively.

The Australian economy is continuing its transition following the end of the mining investment boom. Recent data are consistent with ongoing moderate growth. Most measures of business confidence are at, or above, average and non-mining business investment has risen over the past year. At the same time, some indicators of conditions in the labor market have softened recently. In particular, the unemployment rate has moved a little higher and employment growth is modest. The various forward-looking indicators still point to continued growth in employment over the period ahead. Wage growth remains slow.

The outlook continues to be supported by the low level of interest rates. Lenders have recently announced increases in mortgage rates, particularly those paid by investors. Financial institutions remain in a good position to lend. The depreciation of the exchange rate since 2013 has also assisted the economy in its transition following the mining investment boom. An appreciating exchange rate would complicate this adjustment.

Inflation remains quite low. Headline inflation is expected to pick up over the course of 2017 to be above 2 percent. The rise in underlying inflation is expected to be a bit more gradual with growth in labor costs remaining subdued.

Conditions in the housing market continue to vary considerably around the country. In some markets, conditions are strong and prices are rising briskly. In other markets, prices are declining. In the eastern capital cities, a considerable additional supply of apartments is scheduled to come on stream over the next couple of years. Growth in rents is the slowest for two decades.

Growth in household borrowing, largely to purchase housing, continues to outpace growth in household income. By reinforcing strong lending standards, the recently announced supervisory measures should help address the risks associated with high and rising levels of indebtedness. Lenders need to ensure that the serviceability metrics that they use are appropriate for current conditions. A reduced reliance on interest-only housing loans in the Australian market would also be a positive development.

Taking account of the available information, the Board judged that holding the stance of monetary policy unchanged at this meeting would be consistent with sustainable growth in the economy and achieving the inflation target over time.

CEO/Founder Investors King Ltd, a foreign exchange research analyst, contributing author on New York-based Talk Markets and Investing.com, with over a decade experience in the global financial markets.

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eNaira App Suddenly Disappears From Google Play Store

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A look at the Google play store today shows the sudden disappearance of the eNaira Speed Wallet app from the play store, barely two days after the app was made available for download.

Recall that Investors king reported that the eNaira Speed Wallet had been downloaded over 100,000 times on the Google play store. The app however had a very low rating of 2.0 and that may be part of the reason for its removal from the play store. It is unclear however if the app was removed by Google or by the Central Bank of Nigeria. The eNaira speed merchant app was still available on the Google play store as at the time of reporting.

Users have to download the eNaira speed wallet app to access the eNaira, this allows users to conduct transactions with speed and ease. The speed wallet app is the digital storage that holds the eNaira and is held and managed on a distributed ledger. The app not being available definitely hurts the implementation of the eNaira and it remains to be seen how the CBN addresses this challenge.

The app is still available on the Apple Play store, there are however multiple bad reviews which led to the application having a rating of 2.8. A Mr Peroo said “I’ve been trying to register the wallet since yesterday. Initially, it said try again later with my Access bank account yesterday. Today, I tried with my Zenith Bank account and it initially gave an error that the account doesn’t exist, then it said I have tried too many times with the same BVN, that I should contact tech support. A few hours later at the end, it said I need to enter my email but now it’s not even asking for email anymore. I uninstalled the app, downloaded it again, and tried again with the same issue.”

Most of the complaints seem to be about BVN and not being linked with email addresses. Another user gave a similar complaint to the first reported complaint. The user said “The wallet account is supposed to be an easy setup process, Isn’t there an email linked to BVN? I hope it would not be made compulsory for us to contact our bank just to link email addresses to BVN. CBN should have done better, this process seems stressful already.”

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eNaira App Grosses 100,000 Downloads Despite Drops in Rating to 2.0 in 24 Hours

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Barely 24 hours after the eNaira was launched, the eNaira speed wallet application (eNaira App) recorded over 100,000 downloads despite its rating plummeting to 2.0 on Google store as multiple users complained about glitches while using the eNaira app.

Apart from the Google store, the application can be downloaded from the Apple store, however, the number of downloads from this store is unclear as of now.

Users have to download the ‘speed wallet’ to access the eNaira.  Downloading the speed wallet allows users to conduct transactions with speed and ease. It is the digital storage that holds the eNaira and is held and managed on a distributed ledger.

Users however complained of major glitches they experienced while using the app. A user said “Very poor user experience so far. It is a known fact that having an email address wasn’t a mandatory requirement when setting up BVN, now this app wants me to provide my BVN email address.”

Another user said “I am trying to sign up using my bank, but it keeps complaining of my name not matching. Later it says too many attempts have been made for my BVN. You people need to play along with other countries with this crypto matter. At least since I have provided my BVN, the app should be able to access my data automatically. Nigeria has made a great step, but it needs to be improved. Because what is the essence of inputting my BVN and NIN if it can not automatically access my data?

And another user said “Telling me to contact my bank for email validation despite knowing that banks can make life miserable with things like this. In my opinion, it is best if you provide a place where someone can put preferable email on the app because that’s the beauty of using the app not ‘yeye’ old ways of the banking system.

A very big proportion of the complaints seem to be about email addresses and BVN. In a response to one of the email queries, the CBN said “Before you begin, you need a valid and active email address linked to your BVN profile”. The system fetches your BVN-linked email address based on the KYC info. You also need your correct personal information such as your first name and last name, state of origin, and date of birth associated with your BVN details.”

The eNaira speed merchant wallet which is designed for businesses and allows merchants to offer a convenient way to receive money fared better. The app had 10,000 downloads on the Google Playstore and a 2.8 rating.

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CBN Releases Document on Roles of Players Regarding eNaira

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Following the launching of eNaira by President Muhammadu Buhari and the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), the central bank has now published Regulatory Guidelines on eNaira for all stakeholders.

In the document, which was signed by the Director of Financial Policy and Regulation, Chibuzo Efobi, the CBN provided step-by-step guidelines for all eNaira players, the roles of the Central Bank, Financial Institutions, Merchants, Ministries, Departments and Agencies and Customers.

According to the details of the document, the roles of the CBN regarding the eNaira include:

(1)  Managing unresolved eNaira issues and complaints escalated from the Financial Institutions and disputes arising between Financial Institutions.

(2)  Minting, issuing, distributing, redeeming and destroying the eNaira.

(3)  Determining the technical, regulatory, and operational standards for the eNaira.

(4)  Monitoring compliance with applicable regulations.

(5)  Issuing directives and reviewing Guidelines on eNaira periodically as may be required.

 The roles of Financial Institutions include:

(1)  Facilitating eNaira speed wallet onboarding for bank customers (merchants and individuals) including sensitizing them on the need to familiarize themselves with details of their BVN particulars, especially Email addresses.

(2)  Integrating the eNaira speed wallet feature into their electronic banking channels.

(3)  Managing eNaira across its branches.

(4)  Requesting eNaira from CBN for self and on behalf of its customers.

(5)  Developing and/or updating reports and internal frameworks to ensure compliance with KYC and AML/CFT requirements.

(6)  Receiving and resolving customers’ complaints on eNaira (including a prompt update of customers’ BVN particulars in NIBSS.)

(7)  Ensuring that eNaira inquiries and complaints are included in the periodic reports to CBN.

The roles of merchants are:

(1)  Providing cashback services for customers.

(2)  Providing customers with alternative channels for making transactions using eNaira.

(3)  Publicising the option of eNaira payment for transactions at merchant locations.

(4)  Protecting their eNaira speed wallet credentials against fraudulent access.

The roles of Ministries, Departments and Agencies are:

(1)  Receiving revenue in eNaira.

(2)  Making payments in eNaira.

The roles of customers are:

(1)  Utilising eNaira as an alternative payment option for legitimate transactions.

(2)  Creating eNaira speed wallets and funding them.

(3)  Creating eNaira speed wallets and funding them.

(4)  Notifying financial institutions in the event of fraud/complaints/disputes.

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