Regulatory Conversations 4.0: Forex Restrictions on Food Imports and Implications For The Economy


Friday, September 13, 2019  /  04:57AM / CBi Release  / Header Image Credit: Integrity Organisation


The Convention on Business Integrity (CBi)/The Integrity Organisation in collaboration with ActionAid, Nigerian Economic Summit Group, Lagos Chamber of Commerce & Industry, BusinessDay Newspapers and Proshare, will host the fourth in the series of CBi Regulatory Conversations (RC4.0), themed:  Foreign exchange restrictions on food imports and implications for regulating and growing the Nigerian Economy. 



Regulatory Actions


Recall that in August 2019, His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari directed the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to block food importers' requests for foreign currency in a bid to conserve scarce foreign exchange and boost local agriculture in Nigeria, Africa's most populous country.


This directive is a continuation of the President's policy thrust, amongst others, on assuming office in 2015; of banning access to foreign exchange to import 41 items, which included rice, cement, margarine, meat and processed meat products, poultry like chicken, eggs and turkey, amongst others.





Following this action, in December 2018, fertilizer was added to the list bringing the total banned items to 42. In March 2019, the apex bank announced that commercial banks and bureau de change operators in the country should stop the sale of forex to importers of clothing materials.


More recently, at a meeting of its monetary policy committee (MPC), Mr. Godwin Emefiele, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) governor, announced the bank's plans to restrict foreign exchange for milk importation.



Regulatory Conversation Impetus


This fourth regulatory conversation (RC 4.0) will focus on the Foreign Exchange restrictions policy of the present administration and its immediate impact on consumers, key players in the food sector and the Economy on the long run.


The RC 4.0 would provide the unique platform for regulators and representatives of the private sector to discuss the implications of such a policy for national economic development.


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Regulatory Conversation 4.0 Meeting Details



Tuesday, September 24th, 2019



The Incubator- 7/8 Chief Yesufu Abiodun Way, Off City of David Road, (same street with four points Sheraton), Victoria Island, Lagos



9h30 Prompt (Registration/ networking starts at 9h00)


Target Participants:

Capacity for Two Hundred (200) participants comprising of Regulatory Agencies such as

CBN, MoJ, Director-General of MDAs, Private Sector actors such as Chief Executive Officersof Large/Medium/Small entities, Professional Services Firms, as well as othey players in the business community, media, and other related stakeholders.

Contact Details

Please feel free to contact


Confirmation of Attendance Deadline:

On or before Monday, September 16th, 2019.


CBi hopes, you will be able to take time out of your busy schedule to attend the forum. 


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