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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Nigeria Economic Update (Issue 9)

Crude oil prices fluctuated during the review week. OPEC weekly basket price decreased marginally from $53.63 on February 24, 2017 to $53.34 on March 3, 2017. Similarly, Brent crude declined (week-on-week) by 0.84 percent to $55.15, while Bonny light decreased by 2.4 percent to $54.4 per barrel. During the week, reports of Russias incomplete compliance to agreed production cut and rising United States crude production/inventories, led to the slight pressure exerted on oil prices. The uncertainties and volatility of global crude oil price stresses the need for the government to channel efforts at developing other key sectors of the economy, particularly the manufacturing sector.