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CBN’s Cash Withdrawal Limits Will Constrain Business Transactions -ACCI

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CBN’s Cash Withdrawal Limits Will Constrain Business Transactions -ACCI

By: Abdullahi Ahmad Bamalli

The Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry, ACCI, has reacted cautiously to the recent new policy on cash withdrawal limits announced by the CBN, particularly on the ease and cost of doing business.

This is contained in a statement issued on Thursday in Abuja by the President of ACCI, Dr Al-Mutjaba Abubakar.

According to Mr Abubakar, the chamber is raising posers on the impact of the new policy on the cost of doing business and ease of doing business in Nigeria.

“We have perused the policy guidelines, and we first commend the CBN for constantly innovating to address the country’s fiscal and monetary challenges.

“We note the intention of the apex bank, which is the urgent need to address growing inflationary pressure and stabilise the value of the Naira.

“As commendable as this policy is, we are worried about the timing of the announcement that coincides with the ongoing plan to phase out old naira notes,” he said.

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Mr. Abubakar said that ACCI’s concerns stemmed from the disruption the new policy would have on many Small and Medium Enterprises, SMEs, in several big local markets.

He said that the limitation on withdrawal would constrain business transactions, especially as most businessmen rely on such withdrawal for quick business engagement from one market to the other.

“Aside from slowing down businesses within formal and informal markets, the new policy also tends to increase the cost of doing business due to sanction on withdrawal exceeding certain limits.

“The charges on excess withdrawal constitute a new form of levy, which adds to the long list of levies on the SMEs and the informal business operators.

“The ACCI wishes to again draw the attention of the apex bank and other levels of government to the fact that small businesses in Nigeria are dying on a very alarming percentage.

“We solicit policymakers’ understanding to always engage the business sector on policies and programmes that will affect them.

“Such exchange will enable policymakers to consider the impact of proposed policies on businesses,” he said.

Mr. Abubakar said that any oversight in such consultation might result in policy decisions that further emasculate small businesses, thereby deepening the nation’s economic challenges.

“On the implementation timeline of the new policy, we urge the apex bank to allow more time for the commencement of this policy so that businesses have enough time to make the necessary adjustments,” Mr. Abubakar said.

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