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Emefiele: CBN retains lending rate at 11.5% to speedily exit recession 

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The Central Bank of Nigeria through its Monetary Policy Committee on Tuesday retained all monetary policy rates in a move expected to stimulate growth of the economy.

Specifically, CBN Governor, Mr Godwin Emefiele, who disclosed that the Monetary Policy Rate otherwise known as interest or lending rate was left at 11.5 per cent, explained that the decision was based on the need to speedily exit economic recession through price stability.

He spoke to journalists at the end of a two-day meeting of the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC), the last for 2020.

He also said the Cash Reserve Ratio (CRR) was retained at 27.5 per cent and the Liquidity Ratio at 30 per cent.

The MPR is the rate which the CBN lends to commercial banks and often determines the cost of funds.

Emefiele said the MPC was faced with options around whether to tighten the stance of policy to address rising price levels recognising its primary mandate of price stability; to ease to support output recovery; or to hold to allow existing policy initiatives to permeate the economy.

He said, “The committee noted that although the appropriate response to rising inflationary pressure would be to tighten the stance of policy in order to moderate upward pressure on prices, it nevertheless, felt that doing this would exert downward pressure on the recovery of output growth.

“The committee also felt that tightening would negate the bank’s desire to expand credit to the real sector at affordable terms, not only to boost production, but also to increase consumer spending. To the Committee, tightening was therefore not the appropriate response at this time.”

The Nigerian economy has slipped into its second recession in five years as the gross domestic product contracted for the second consecutive quarter, according to the latest report of the National Bureau of Statistics.

It stated that Nigeria’s GDP recorded a negative growth of 3.62 per cent in the third quarter of 2020. The country had earlier recorded a 6.10 per cent contraction in the second quarter.

This is the nation’s second recession since 2016 and the worst economic decline in almost four decades.

The economy has been battered by COVID-19, which caused a major decline in oil revenues with global economic activities stalled for months.

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Photos: Coscharis rolls out new Land Rover Discovery Sport, Jaguar F-Pace

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Coscharis Motors on Wednesday unveiled the 2021 edition of the Land Rover Discovery Sport and Jaguar F-Pace at its Lekki-Epe Expressway head office, Lagos.
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CBN fixes N1m application fee for payment service firm

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Anyone intending to set up a payment service holding company will have to pay a mandatory application fee of N1m, the Central Bank of Nigeria has announced.
This, it said, was part of the guidelines for the establishment and regulation of payments service holding companies in Nigeria.
Musa Jimoh, CBN’s director of payments system management department, stated this in a circular.
The guidelines require companies that intend to offer both switching and processing, and mobile money services to set up a PSHC structure.
“This arrangement would prevent commingling of activities, facilitate management of risks and enable the Central Bank of Nigeria exercise adequate regulatory oversight on all the companies operating within the Group (PSHC),” the circular stated.
The CBN said promoters of a PSHC would be required to submit a formal application for the grant of a licence.
But it said the application process would be in two phases: approval-in-principle (AIP) and a final licence.
According to the guidelines, the capital requirement to apply for an AIP is “a non-refundable application fee of N1,000,000.00 (One Million Naira only) or such other amount that the CBN may specify from time to time; payable to the Central Bank of Nigeria, through electronic transfer.
“Not later than six (6) months after obtaining the AIP, the promoters of a proposed PSHC shall submit an application to the CBN for the grant of a final licence.
“The application shall be accompanied with non-refundable licensing fee of N5,000,000.00 (Five Million Naira only), or such other amount that the CBN may specify from time to time, payable to the Central Bank of Nigeria by electronic transfer.”
The apex bank explained that a PSHC would be set up for the purposes of making and managing equity investment in two or more companies being its subsidiaries, which are payments service providers across three categories: mobile money operations, switching and processing, and payment solution services.
It said, “PSHC shall be non-operating, existing solely to carry out investment in approved subsidiaries without engaging in the day-to-day management and operations of subsidiaries.
“It shall have a board size of between 5 and 10 or as determined by applicable CBN Corporate Governance Guidelines.”
The CBN added that no PSHC is allowed to borrow from the Nigerian banking system for the purpose of capitalising itself or any of its subsidiaries.

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UAE lifts ban on transit flights from Nigeria, others

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The United Arab Emirates has announced the exclusion of some countries from which entry has been prohibited, including India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Nigeria and Uganda, as of August 5.
These categories of travellers named are those with valid residency permits who have received full vaccination doses in the UAE and 14 days have passed since receiving the second dose and who have vaccination certificates approved by the official authorities in the country.
Others are medical personnel working in the country will be excluded, including doctors, nurses, technicians from the vaccinated and non-vaccinated, and those working in the educational sector in the country who teach in universities, colleges, schools and institutes from the vaccinated and non-vaccinated categories.
Students studying in the country and humanitarian cases (vaccinated or not vaccinated) who hold valid residency, workers in federal and local government agencies, and cases of completing treatment in the country, whether they are catering or not, will be excluded.
All of these categories will be required to submit a request on the website of the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship to obtain the necessary approvals in addition to vaccination certificates certified by the concerned authorities in the country for the categories from which these certificates are required.
The excluded groups will be obligated to submit a prior (PCR) laboratory test within (48) hours from the date of departure, provided that the tests are from accredited laboratories, bear a QR Code, and conduct a quick laboratory test before boarding the plane.
In addition to applying precautionary and preventive measures to receive arrivals, including quarantine and PCR checks upon and after arrival, in addition to follow-up and health monitoring of arrivals.
Travel will resume for transit passengers from all countries from which transit passengers were previously suspended, provided that the traveler’s last destination is accepted and a laboratory examination is submitted within 72 hours from the time of departure, and the country’s airports will allocate special lounges for transit passengers.

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