The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has issued a press release on October 9th in response to concerns raised by certain media platforms regarding the potential impact of the eNaira on the country’s financial stability. These concerns were highlighted in various news articles, including one published in the Nigerian newspaper, Punch. The CBN’s press release was issued in order to address these concerns and provide clarity on the matter.
The press release specifically references the CBN’s recently released report titled “Economics of Digital Currencies: A Book of Readings.” This report explores the potential benefits and challenges associated with the adoption of digital currencies, including the eNaira. The CBN emphasizes that the report is an academic exercise and should not be misconstrued as an endorsement or indication of the CBN’s plans to introduce the eNaira.
The CBN further states that it is currently studying the feasibility of issuing a digital currency, taking into consideration the risks and benefits associated with such a move. The bank acknowledges that digital currencies have the potential to enhance financial inclusion, reduce the cost of remittances, and improve the efficiency of the payments system. However, the CBN also recognizes the need to address concerns related to money laundering, terrorism financing, and consumer protection.
In light of these considerations, the CBN assures the public that any decision regarding the introduction of a digital currency will be carefully evaluated and implemented in a manner that safeguards the integrity of the financial system. The bank emphasizes that it remains committed to its mandate of ensuring price stability and financial system stability.
The press release concludes by urging the public to disregard any misleading or speculative information regarding the eNaira and to rely on official statements from the CBN for accurate information. The CBN remains committed to engaging with stakeholders and the public in a transparent and inclusive manner as it continues to explore the potential benefits and risks associated with digital currencies.
In summary, the CBN has responded to concerns raised by certain media platforms regarding the eNaira’s impact on Nigeria’s financial stability. The bank has clarified that its recently released report on digital currencies is an academic exercise and does not indicate a decision to introduce the eNaira. The CBN is currently studying the feasibility of issuing a digital currency and will carefully evaluate the risks and benefits before making any decisions. The bank remains committed to ensuring the integrity of the financial system and urges the public to rely on official statements for accurate information.