Macroeconomic Report & Economic Updates

February 26, 2016

Nigeria Economic Update (Issue 9)

The naira depreciated by 8.2 percent from
N305/$ on February 5th, to N330/ $ on February 12th 20166. The apex body identified the
increased domestic demand for forex to pay for foreign medical treatments and
schools fees (15 percent of total demand) 7 as the main drivers. As
a result, the apex bank is considering to discontinue the provision of forex for
payment of medical bills and school fees abroad and to re-channel the forex
towards the manufacturing sector of the economy. With the continuous
depreciation of the naira, and the CBNs resistance from calls to devalue the
currency, the options for alternatives measures seem to be diminishing.

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