Nigeria’s Apex Bank CBN cuts MPR to 12.5 percent, retains other rates.

As part of measures to combat the economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic, the Central Bank of Nigeria on Thursday reduced its monetary policy rate from 13.50 percent to 12.5 percent.

However, the bank retained its Cash Reserve Ratio (CRR) at 27.5 percent and Liquidity Ratio (LR) at 30 percent.

CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele, announced the reduction during a Monetary Policy Council briefing on Thursday.

Seven members voted to cut the MPR by 100 basis points, while two members voted for a 150bps rate cut, with one member electing for a 200bps rate cut, the Governor said.

The Committee also considered developments in the global and domestic economy since its last meeting including, the negative impact of COVID-19 on global growth and the responses of global central banks’ to the COVID-19.

A reduction in the MPR rate tends to make lending cheaper and helps to further stimulate the economy.

Mr Emefiele added that the asymmetric corridor around the MPR will remain at +200/-500bps, while the Cash Reserves Ratio (CRR) at 27.5 percent and
Liquidity Ratio (LR) at 30 percent.

On the domestic front, the Committee noted that sustained inflationary pressure (April: +8bps to 12.34% y/y), and weaker but still positive output growth in Q1-2020, as well as a sustained decline in manufacturing PMI.

MPR is the interest rate at which CBN lends to commercial banks and also the benchmark against which other lending rates in the economy are pegged.

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