THE Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) yesterday unveiled the guidelines for Non-Interest Financial initiatives under its various intervention programs which includes Anchor Borrowers’ Programme; Health Sector; Textile Sector; the Real Sector Support Facility (RSSF) revised guidelines (V3); the Real Sector Support Facility (RSSF) through CRR; Non-Oil Export Stimulation Facility, (ESF), Agri-Business, Small and Medium Enterprises Investment Scheme, AGSMEIS and the Creative Industry Financing Initiative, CIFI.
The release of the 10 guidelines follows the plans disclosed by the Banker Committee in its June 2020 meeting to unveil a framework that will integrate non-interest window in all its intervention programmes which were aimed at economic growth and development.
For AGSEMEIS, the guidelines stipulate that each Non-Interest Deposit Bank (full-fledged or window) is to set aside 5% of its profit after tax, PAT, annually as contribution to the Fund. It added that each Non-Interest Deposit Bank is also to transfer its contribution to the CBN not later than 10 working days after the Annual General Meeting, AGM, of the participating bank.
Eligible activities under the Scheme are businesses across the agricultural value chain, covering production, inputs supply, storage, processing, logistics and marketing; MSMEs in the real sector including manufacturing, mining and petrochemicals; MSMEs in the service sector including information and communication technology, ICT, and the creative industry as well as other activities as the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, may determine from time to time.
According to the guidelines, financing under the Scheme will be for start-ups, business expansion or revival of ailing companies and shall be in compliance with provisions of BOFIA (1991) as amended and the principles underpinning operations of NIFIs
The MSMEDF for NIFIs guidelines are aimed to channel low return funds to the MSME sub-sector of the Nigerian economy through participating Financial Institutions (PFIs) to enhance access by MSMEs to financial services.
Similarly, the non-interest guidelines for the AADS are aimed at engaging a minimum of 370,000 youths in agricultural production across the country between now and 2023, in order to reduce unemployment among the youths in the country.
While the specific objectives of the MSMEDF for NIFIs are to increase the productivity and output of microenterprises, job creation and engender inclusive growth, those of the AADS are to increase agricultural production towards food security, job creation and economic diversification.
The non-interest guidelines for the AADS, which is targeted at Nigerian youth between 18 and 35 years, seek to promote interaction among state governments, the CBN and other stakeholders in the agriculturalU value chain in each state to enhance job creation in the agricultural sector, with focus on two crops where States have comparative advantage, among others.
On the guidelines issued by the Bank, Isaac Okorafor, director, Corporate Communications Department, said the establishment of the non-interest windows had opened more opportunities for eligible beneficiaries to be considered for funding under all the Bank’s initiatives.
Below are the links to all the new 10 guidelines as released by the CBN
- Non Interest guidelines for Healthcare Sector
- Non Interest guidelines for Textile Sector
- Non Interest guidelines for Real Sector Support Facility (RSSF)
- Non Interest guidelines for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise Development Funds (MSMEDF)
- Non Interest guidelines for Real Sector Facility through CRR
- Non Interest guidelines for Non Oil Export Stimulation Facility
- Non Interest guidelines for Creative Industry Finance Initiative
- Non Interest guidelines for Anchor Borrowers Programmes
- Non Interest guidelines for Small and Medium Enterprise Investment Scheme
- Non Interest guidelines for Accelerated Agricultural Development Scheme