What The 13.5% MPR Means To Manufacturers

The manufacturing Association of Nigeria (MAN) has stated that the increase of the benchmark rate will hurt its members that are visibly struggling to survive the numerous strangulating fiscal and monetary policy measures and reforms.

The Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) of the Central Bank of Nigeria Tuesday raised the Monetary Policy Rate (MPR) rate to 13.5 per cent to halt rising inflation.

According to the association, the decision of the committee to increase the Monetary Policy Rate (MPR) has clearly widened the journey farther away from the preferred single digit interest rate regime. It is not manufacturing friendly considering the myriad of binding constraints already limiting the performance of the sector.

It stated that MAN is therefore concerned about the ripple effects of this decision and its implications for the manufacturing sector that is visibly struggling to survive the numerous strangulating fiscal and monetary policy measures and reforms.

“Consequently, manufacturers are hopeful that the stringent conditionalities for accessing available development funding windows with the CBN will be relaxed to improve the flow of long-term loans to the manufacturing sector at single digit interest rate.”

The manufacturing group said its lacklustre expectation is that MPC will ensure that future adjustments of MPR takes into consideration the trend of core inflation rather than basing the decision on the headline and food inflation.

This will no doubt shield the sector from the backlashes from the 13.5 per cent MPR, ramp up production and guarantee sustained growth in the overall best interest of the economy.

New MPR Effects On Manufacturing Sector:

* This is another level of increase in interest rates on loanable funds, which will no doubt upscale the intensity of the crowding out effect on the private sector businesses as firms have lesser access to funds in the credit market.

*It a will spur an upward review of existing lending rates on dependent obligations of manufacturing concerns, which will drive costs Northward
Intensify demand crunch emanating from the heavily eroded di the disposable, income of Nigerians constrained access of households and individuals to cheap funds.

* Lead to rising cost of manufacturing inputs, which will naturally translate to higher prices of goodthe s, low sales and enormous volume of inventory of unsold products.

* Exacerbate the intensity of idle capital assan ets, worsen the already declining profit margin of private businesses and heighten the mortality rate of small businesses

* a Further reduce capacity utilization, upscale the rate of unemployment, incidences of crime and insecurity as the capacity of banks to support production and economic growth is heavily constrained
Reduce the pace of full recovery of the real sector, make manufacturing performance to remain lackluster and of course lead to leaner contribution to the GDP

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