FG Targeting N650/$ Exchange Rate By December — Says Oyedele

The Federal Government is targeting to see the Naira exchange for N650 to the dollar by December this year.

Nigerian financial expert, Taiwo Oyedele while speaking with Bloomberg predicted that the true value of the naira will be reflected by December.

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He said the government will be introducing new foreign exchange rules (already part of the recommendations his committee made to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu), including a crackdown on illegal currency trading, to help the naira reach a “fair price” of N650-750 to the dollar by year-end.

Oyedele revealed that the government plans to clear a backlog of dollar demand, bolster the naira forward market, and set transparent rules for the official market.

He added that the government also wants to expand the official market to include all legitimate transactions, while snuffing out the illicit “black market” for foreign currency.

If Oyedele’s predictions are accurate, the naira could appreciate significantly in the coming months. This would have a number of positive implications for the Nigerian economy, including: Reduced inflation; Increased economic growth; Improved purchasing power for Nigerians; Increased foreign investment and job creation.

Overall, a stronger naira would be a positive development for Nigeria and its citizens.

Oyedele during a presentation on “Building Resilience Through Domestic Revenue Mobilisation” at the inaugural session of the annual African Tax Administration Forum (ATAF) meeting in Cape Town, South Africa, on Tuesday called on other African countries to adopt a robust tax system that can adapt to the constantly evolving global economic landscape.

He stressed the importance of designing an efficient tax system that offers stability and adaptability to help nations navigate uncertain times.

In his presentation, Oyedele outlined key approaches to building a tax system that can withstand challenges.

He underscored the necessity of modernization and the utilization of technology to improve tax collection and administration.

He emphasized the importance of aligning tax policies with the ever-changing global economic landscape.

According to Oyedele, “A resilient tax system should possess flexibility and agility to respond to changing circumstances and global shifts. It should be grounded in principles of transparency, fairness, and efficiency.”

He also advocated for international collaboration and the sharing of information to address tax-related issues in an increasingly interconnected world.

Oyedele concluded by reiterating that a resilient tax system isn’t just a means of revenue collection but is a fundamental pillar for a nation’s economic resilience and sustainable growth.

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