Bismark Rewane, the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Financial Derivatives Company Limited has stated that fintech and mobile payments will increase during the year
Mr Rewane made this statement while giving an outlook on the Nigerian economy in 2022 at the First Bank Nigeria Economic Outlook held on Thursday, themed, “A rearview look at 2021, lessons learnt-Outlook 2022.”
The webinar was aimed at setting the tone for the year by providing an opportunity for participants to learn directly from economic experts to stay informed and knowledgeably empowered to make the right decisions in their socio-economic activities in 2022 which will be impacted by the micro and macro-economic activities of the country.
What Mr. Rewane is saying
According to Rewane, “Fintech and Mobile payments will increase…right now, cash in circulation is N4 trillion and money supply is N45 trillion, so cash in circulation is only 10%. The bulk of it is electronic payments, e-commerce.”
This is expected as banks and telecommunications companies delve and invest more into electronic payment services, just as the likes of Airtel and MTN Nigeria have obtained AIPs granted by the Apex bank to operate their respective PSBs.
Speaking about expectations for the year, Rewane explained that there would be two major focuses for the two halves of the year. He said the first half of the year, H1 2022, will focus on Economics while the second half, H2 2022, will be Politics-centered, as the election year draws near and presidential campaigns have already kicked off.
Furthermore, he mentioned several outcomes that could arise as a result of two scenarios that the government could adopt during the year, the Legacy and Steady-State scenarios.
According to Mr. Rewane, for either of these scenarios, the outcomes would be “CBN will deplete reserves; MPC will raise interest rates; CRR will be lowered so banks can lend more, we’ll go back to orthodox lender of last resort; OMO will be used for liquidity management, not more than 180-day maturity and there will be a single yield curve.”
He continued, stating that, “the stocks market will rally and the FDI (Foreign Direct Investments) inflows will increase”.
In addition to this, he explained that we should expect GDP to be 3.9% higher than population rate. Also, inflation would increase before reducing, external reserves will reduce and exchange rate differential will drop and begin to converge, hence, the Naira will strengthen.
Also speaking at the event, the Group Head, Marketing & Corporate Communications of FirstBank, Ms. Folake Ani-Mumuney said,
“Being woven into fabric of the society for over 127 years means that we provide value, support and innovation-driven solutions for our stakeholders regardless of the challenges of the pandemic. Our commitment to nation-building is anchored partly on our thought leadership role designed to relentlessly drive growth and scale for all through engagements that showcase versatile subject matter experts endowed with expertise, knowledge and valuable insights. The webinar provides a platform for cross fertilization of ideas and opportunities to learn and grow. Nigeria is a country rich in human and natural resources and these have helped in the reforms and resilience reflected in the economy in 2021.”