CBN commences implementation of N500bn export facility


The Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, yesterday said it has commenced the implementation of the N500 billion non-oil exports stimulation loan.

The CBN stated this in a circular titled ‘Circular to All Deposit Money Banks and Development Finance Institutions on the Commencement of the Non-Oil Exports Stimulation Facility (NESF).

The loan facility proposed two years ago was created for local manufacturers and exporters with the aim of diversifying the revenue base of the economy and expediting growth and development of the non-oil export sector.

The Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, headquaters, Abuja CBN stated: “The Non-oil Export Stimulation Facility (NESF) has been introduced to engender growth in the non-oil sector of the economy and foreign reserve accretion.

The facility will help redress the declining export financing and reposition the sector to increase its contribution to economic development.

“We hereby inform all participating financial institutions that implementation of the NESF has commenced. The following shall be eligible to participate under the facility: Deposit Money banks and development Finance Institutions (DFI).”

According to the circular, the loan facility will have a tenor of up to 10 years, not exceeding the 31st December, 2027; while, the principal and the 7 percent annual interest will be repaid quarterly and in accordance with the repayment schedule.

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Godwin Okafor is a Financial Journalist, Internet Social Entrepreneur and Founder of Naija247news Media Limited. He has over 16 years experience in financial journalism. His experience cuts across traditional and digital media. He started his journalism career at Business Day, Nigeria and founded Naija247news Media in 2010. Godwin holds a Bachelors degree in Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from the Lagos State University, Ojo, Lagos. He is an alumni of Lagos Business School and a Fellow of the University of Pennsylvania (Wharton Seminar for Business Journalists). Over the years, he has won a number of journalism awards. Godwin is the chairman of Emmerich Resources Limited, the publisher of Naija247news.

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