Emefiele Emerges Chairman of W’Africa Monetary Zone

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Ndubuisi Francis and James Emejo in Abuja

The Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr. Godwin Emefiele, was thursday elected chairman of the West Africa Monetary Zone (WAMZ) at the ongoing sub-regional meeting hosted by Nigeria.

Critical stakeholders in the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) sub-region, including central banks, ministries of finance, policy makers, legislators and the academia are to brainstorm in Abuja to seek ways of deepening the promotion of regional integration and cooperation.

Shortly after the unanimous election, Emefiele, in his acceptance speech, averred that “a lot of work needs to be done especially in respect of the attainment of Economic Community of West African State (ECOWAS) single currency by 2020.”

He further noted that all that was required to be done would be actualised towards the achievements of the objectives of the regional organisation.

While reiterating the country’s unflinching commitment towards the single currency project in the sub-region, the apex bank boss urged member-countries to work towards achieving the convergence criteria.

In a bid to help smoothen the transition to West African Monetary Union (WAMU), the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the West Africa Monetary Institute (WAMI) are jointly hosting a seminar on the transition to the ECOWAS single currency.

The theme of the seminar, which is to coincide with the ongoing WAMZ meetings in Abuja, is ‘Exchange Rate Arrangements in the Transition to ECOWAS Single Currency 2020’.

It is designed to promote critical discourse and exchanges among central banks, ministries of finance, policy makers, legislators and the academic community on exchange rate arrangements, the options and implications.

The Director General of WAMI, Dr. Ngozi Egbuna, stated that the seminar would provide a better understanding of exchange rate arrangements in the transition to monetary union; highlight role of exchange rate in a successful monetary union.

“The main objective of the seminar series is to promote exchange of ideas among central banks, ministries of finance, policy makers, legislators and the academic community on topical issues,” a statement by the organisers said.

The plenary and moderated panel discussions at the five-day seminar will feature select subject-matter which experts would deliver their respective points of view and perspectives through presentations, discussions and audience participation and responses.

Technical experts from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the European Central Bank (ECB) will also facilitate sessions at the seminar, Egbuna added.

Meanwhile, the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr. Godwin Emefiele, has emerged WAMZ chairman.

He was elected at the ongoing sub-regional meeting being hosted by Nigeria.

Shortly after the unanimous election, Emefiele, in his acceptance speech, stated that a lot of work needs to be done, especially in respect to the attainment of ECOWAS single currency by 2020.

He further noted that everything that was required to be done would be actualised towards the achievement of the objectives of the regional organisation.

While reiterating Nigeria’s unflinching commitment towards the single currency project in the sub-region, Emefiele urged member-countries to work towards achieving the convergence criteria.