CBN will Bring Inflation Down to 21.4% in 2024 – Cardoso

Mr. Olayemi Cardoso, the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), has articulated the commitment of the apex bank to bring down the headline inflation rate to 21.4 % within the current year.
Mr. Olayemi Cardoso
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This was made known during Cardoso's keynote address at the unveiling of the Nigeria Economic Summit Group 2024 Economic Outlook report.

By the close of 2023, the inflation rate had surged to 28.92 per cent, marking a notable 7.58 percentage point escalation from the 21.34 per cent recorded at the conclusion of 2022.

Nevertheless, Cardoso maintained that the inflation-targeting strategy of the CBN, supported by enhanced agricultural productivity and an anticipated reduction in the pump price of petroleum products, is poised to alleviate inflationary pressures throughout 2024.

He said, “The anticipated moderation in pump prices of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) due to the expected operational status of the country’s key government and privately owned refineries in 2024 is a pivotal factor in the economic equation.

The expected stabilisation or reduction in fuel costs is poised to have far-reaching implications across various sectors, contributing significantly to overall economic efficiency and resilience.

“Inflationary pressures are expected to decline in 2024 due to the CBN’s inflation-targeting policy, which aims to rein in inflation to 21.4 per cent. This will be aided by improved agricultural productivity and the easing of global supply chain pressures, benefiting businesses by boosting consumer confidence and purchasing power.

“The CBN’s adoption of the inflation-targeting framework involves clear communication, the use of monetary policy instruments, and collaboration with fiscal authorities to achieve price stability, fostering market confidence and positively influencing consumer behaviour.

“The outlook for decreasing inflation in 2024 will have a profound impact on businesses, providing a more predictable cost environment and potentially leading to lowered policy rates, stimulating investment, fueling growth, and creating job opportunities.

“Additionally, the Bank has reverted to the conventional monetary policy approach with a focus on attaining price stability, which fosters sustainable economic growth for Nigeria.”

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