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CBN Postpones Launch Of eNaira

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The Central Bank of Nigeria on Thursday announcedthe postponement of the planned unveiling of the digital currency, eNaira.

The launch was initially scheduled for October 1, but was postponed due to other activities lined up to commemorate the country’s 61st Independence Anniversary.

The apex bank’s Director of Communications, Osita Nwasinobi, explained in a statement that the CBN took the decision to postpone the launch, which had been initially planned to coincide with the Independence anniversary, in deference to the mood of national rededication to the collective dream of One Nigeria.

The statement was titled, “CBN defers eNaira launch to mark Independence Anniversary”

It read in part, “Ahead of the anticipated launch of Nigeria’s Central Bank Digital Currency, known as eNaira, the Spokesman of the Central bank of Nigeria, Mr. Osita Nwanisobi, says the planned unveiling on October 1, 2021 has now been deferred due to other key activities lined up to commemorate the country’s 61st Independence Anniversary.”

While assuring that there was no cause for alarm, Nwasinobi said the CBN and other partners were working round the clock to ensure a seamless process that will be for the overall benefit of the customer, particularly those in the rural areas and the unbanked population.

Reiterating the benefits of the eNaira, he stressed that Nigerians would be able to carry out peer-to-peer transfer to another person’s eNaira wallet as well as pay for goods and services at selected merchants.

He added that the eNaira would also help reduce the use of cash and ensure stability of the Nigerian economy.

On the readiness of banks and other financial institutions in the financial ecosystem for the launch of the eNaira, he reiterated that the digital currency was a journey.

He explained that not all banks customers were expected to commence transaction on the day of the launch.

The CBN Spokesperson, however, assured that financial institutions in Nigeria remained key actors and were a critical part of the Central Bank Digital Currency.

Nwanisobi also noted that the CBN was mindful of concerns expressed about the eNaira, being among the first CBDCs in the world.

According to him, the Bank had put a structure in place to promptly address any issue that might arise from the pilot implementation of the eNaira.

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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President Buhari Says E-Naira Could Increase Nigeria’s GDP By $29 Billion

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President Muhammadu Buhari, in a statement signed by the Presidential spokesperson, Mr. Femi Adesina and made available to the media at the unveiling of Nigeria’s Central Bank Digital Currency, the E-Naira, said that the new digital currency has the potential to increase Nigeria’s GDP by $29 billion over the next 10 years.

The President reiterated that the launch of the E-Naira makes Nigeria the first country in Africa and one of the first few countries in the world to launch a digital currency. He further said he expects the currency to enable the government to send direct payments to citizens eligible for government welfare programs as well as foster cross-border trade and assist in moving many more people and businesses from the informal sector into the formal sector, therefore, increasing the tax base of the country.

The President then congratulated the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele, his deputies, and the entire team of staff who worked tirelessly to make the launch of the currency a reality.

Meanwhile, earlier in the day, the Buhari Media Organisation (BMO), the approved body for operating digital communications of the Presidency, said that Nigeria will surpass the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) projections of 2.6 percent economic growth in 2021 and 2.7 percent growth in 2022. The Group believes under President Buhari, the non-oil sector is progressing and this can be seen in the sector’s contribution to the GDP of Nigeria.

Mr. Niyi Akinsiju, the chairman of the organization, and Mr. Cassidy Madueke said this in a statement in Abuja. The full statement given by the organization said ” This is not the first time that the IMF is making such projections, but Nigeria never ceases to disappoint it by recording higher economic growth. In 2019, IMF projected a 2.1 percent economic growth for Nigeria, but against its prediction, Nigeria recorded real growth of 2.27 percent in Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

The statement further said “In a like manner in 2021, the IMF also projected that Nigeria’s economy would fall by 5.4 percent due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It later reversed its projection to 4.3 percent, but contrary to that, Nigeria recorded 1.8 percent. 

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eNaira: Buhari, Emefiele Launch eNaira at State House Abuja

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President Muhammadu Buhari and the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele on Monday, October 25, 2021 officially launched eNaira, Nigeria’s Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) in state house Abuja.

Nigeria is now one of the few countries to have launched digital currency ahead of nations like the United States, United Kingdom, etc.

The CBN believed eNaira will help plug loopholes in the financial system, curb illicit financial flows, strengthen security, improve data collection and monitoring.

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Speaking on why he approved CBN’s decision to launch a digital currency, the president explained that his approval was “underpinned by the fact that the CBN has been a leading innovator in the form of money they produce, and in the payment services they deploy for efficient transactions.”

“They have invested heavily in creating a Payment System that is ranked in the top ten in the world and certainly the best in Africa,” the president said at the event in Abuja.

“This payment system now provides high‐value and time‐critical payment services to financial institutions, and ultimately serves as the backbone for every electronic payment in Nigeria.”

President Buhari further said, “estimate suggests the adoption of new CBN digital currency is estimated to increase Nigeria’s GDP by $29 billion over the next 10 years.

“We have become the first country in Africa and one of the first in the world to introduce a digital currency to our citizens.”

Africa’s largest economy has now launched two mobile applications for eNaira – eNaira speed wallet and eNaira merchant wallet – on Google playstore and Apple store to facilitate adoption and usage.

These applications tell eNaira potential users to“Get Ready With Your Accurate BVN Data For Your Hitch-Free Enrolment.

To sign-up on the eNaira speed wallet, you would be required to input the following details exactly as captured during your BVN enrollment.

First Name, Last Name, Date of Birth, State of Origin, and Email.

Your Banks are waiting to assist you in validating and updating your BVN details to ensure seamless enrolment to the eNaira Platform.

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During the launching in Abuja on Monday, Emefiele announced that N500 million worth of eNaira or $1.21 million has already been minted.

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Central Bank of Nigeria Says eNaira is Finally Ready for Launch

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The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has said the Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC), eNaira, was finally ready for launch on Monday, October 25, 2021, by Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari.

The launching was initially slated for October 1, Nigeria’s 61st independence anniversary. However, the launching was postponed to address some hiccups, including a lawsuit filed against the central bank by a private firm that first registered the name eNaira with the Corporate Affair Commission (CAC).

The CBN had claimed that instead of putting its entire focus on launching the eNaira on  October 1, 2021, it commenced work on the design and architecture of the digital currency to mitigate risks perceived during its initial launching.

According to the apex bank, when the E-Naira is finally launched today, Nigeria would be one of the first countries to have a CBDC. While the CBDC is not meant to replace cash but to co-exist with it. The launching would make Nigeria the fifth country to launch a centralized national electronic currency, joining the likes of Cambodia, Sweden, South Korea and the Bahamas. Ahead of the United States, China, the United Kingdom, and others considering launching their own digital currency.

Bitt Inc., a Barbados-based financial technology business that uses blockchain and distributed ledger technology to enable safe peer-to-peer transactions, was selected as the technical partner for the eNaira project.

The CBN announced plans to launch the E-Naira four months after banning cryptocurrency transactions in the country after claiming the unregulated cryptocurrency space is aiding fraud and unregulated capital outflows that exposed the Nigerian public to enormous damages and risks.

The central bank, however, believed that the eNaira launching would help deepen financial inclusion in Nigeria, as it is targeted towards both the banked and unbanked segments of the population. Data from the Enhancing Financial Inclusion and Access (EFInA) shows that only 64 percent of Nigerian adults were in the financial system in 2020, way below the 80 percent target of the CBN.

While experts have noted the potential benefits of the E-Naira, they also urged the CBN to carry out more sensitization as the digital currency could be easily accessed by hackers to defraud innocent people if a strong security framework is not put in place.

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