MAN scores CBN low for increasing MPR to 14% from 13 % cent

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    The Manufacturing Association of Nigeria, MAN, has scored the Monetary Policy Committee of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, low for increasing Monetary Policy Rate to 14 percent from the 13 per cent earlier fixed in May.

    The MPR according to the Association has widened the journey farther away from the preferred single digit interest rate regime.

    It is not manufacturing friendly considering the myriad of binding constraints already limiting the performance of the sector.

    MAN is therefore concerned about the ripple effects of this decision and its implications for the manufacturing sector that is visibly struggling to survive the numerous strangulating fiscal and monetary policy measures and reforms.

    The above is made known while reacting to the July 19, 2022 decision of the Monetary Policy Committee, MPC of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN by the Director General of the Association, Segun Ajayi-Kadir.

     

    Consequently, manufacturers are hopeful that the stringent conditionalities for accessing available development funding windows with the CBN will be relaxed to improve the flow of long-term loans to the manufacturing sector at single digit interest rate.

    The expectation is that MPC will ensure that future adjustments of MPR takes into consideration the trend of core inflation rather than basing decision on headline and food inflation. This will no doubt shield the sector from the backlashes from the 14% MPR, ramp up production and guarantee sustained growth in the overall best interest of the economy;

     

    In response to the domestic economic conditions in Q2 2022 and other economic realities, especially those associated   with the prevailing international financial and economic environment, the Monetary Policy Committee, MPC, recently reviewed its previous decisions. The Committee decided to deepened its contractionary monetary policy stance by increasing the Monetary Policy Rate, MPR, to 14% from 13%, which was fixed in May 2022.

    The key rationale for upscaling the MPR stems from the need to curb the rising rate of inflation that recently peaked at 18.6%, ensure relative stability, sustain economic growth in the face of the high-level uncertainties in the global economy. The MPC however, retained the asymmetric corridor of +100/-700 basis points around the MPR; Cash Reserve Ratio, CRR, at 27% and Liquidity Ratio was also retained at 30%.

    MAN listed the implication on the economy and manufacturing sector as follows: This is another level of increase in interest rates on loanable funds, which will no doubt upscale the intensity of the crowding out effect on the private sector businesses as firms have lesser access to funds in the credit market, it will spur upward review of existing lending rates dependent obligations of manufacturing concerns, which will drive costs Northward and intensify demand crunch emanating from the heavily eroded disposable income of Nigerians, constrained access of households and individuals to cheap funds

    Others are leading to rising cost of manufacturing inputs, which will naturally translate to higher prices of goods, low sales and enormous volume of inventory of unsold products, exacerbating the intensity of idle capital assets, worsen the already declining profit margin of private businesses and heighten the mortality rate of small businesses, further reducing capacity utilization, upscale the rate of unemployment, incidences of crime and insecurity as the capacity of banks to support production and economic growth is heavily constrained and reducing the pace of full recovery of the real sector, make manufacturing performance to remain lackluster and of course lead to leaner contribution to the GDP.

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