- NAFEX Transactions Hit $18.79b in Seven Months
The Nigerian Autonomous Foreign Exchange (NAFEX) platform has processed $18.79 billion worth of transactions in the last seven months, a data compiled by Coronation Merchant Bank has shown.
According to the data, Foreign Portfolio Investment (FPI) accounted for 65.40 percent or $12.29 billion of the total inflows.
The Central Bank of Nigeria’s intervention was put at 3.02 percent or 0.57 billion.
“This year, $18.79 billion has flowed into the NAFEX market with foreign portfolio investments accounting for 65.40 of inflows, which is $12.29 billion. The CBN’s supply of US dollars to the NAFEX market has been 3.02 per cent of inflows, $0.57 billion,” it said.
“In effect, FPI is supplying sufficient dollar to take the pressure off the CBN, hence our confidence that the exchange rate will hold this year. And the CBN has new-found confidence to target growth,” it said.
Mr Godwin Emefiele, the Central Bank of Governor, stated that the NAFEX launched in April 2017 allowed investors and exporters to carry out forex transactions at the prevailing market rate. Also, the apex bank liberalised the exchange rate management following the approval of the “Revised Guidelines for the Operation of the Nigerian Inter-bank Foreign Exchange Market” on June 15, 2016 and its operationalisation on June 20, 2016.
“The commencement of this policy guideline introduced the Naira settled foreign exchange futures Market,” Emefiele said. The CBN boss said the fiscal authorities concentrated on examining ways in which fiscal policy could support household consumption and business investments, as these two factors make up more than 85 per cent of Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by expenditure.
“In this regard, the Federal Government budgets were readjusted to adequately address priority infrastructure needs that would support improved investments by the private sector. This was complemented by various Presidential initiatives on improving the ease of doing business in Nigeria, dismantling regulatory bottlenecks, enhancing competitiveness and industrialization,” he said.