MPC Reduces Monetary Policy Rate For First Time In Over Two Years

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Updated March 26, 2019


The Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has reduced the Monetary Policy Rate (MPR) by 50 basis points to 13.50 per cent from 14 per cent.

The CBN Governor, Mr Godwin Emefiele, disclosed this during a press conference at the end of a two-day MPC meeting held on Tuesday in Abuja.

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This is the first time the MPR will be reduced since July 2016.

The MPC, however, held all other key parameters remain unchanged; Cash Reserve Requirement (CRR) remained at 22.5 per cent, while the liquidity ratio was kept at 30 per cent.

Mr Emefiele explained that the cut in the rates was to support the nation’s feeble economic growth at this time.

He added that the decision was aimed at reducing the rate of unemployment and diversifying the country’s economy.