Lagos -Some financial experts on Wednesday said the devaluation of Chinese Yuan would lead to more influx of Chinese goods and discourage manufacturing and patronage of locally made goods.
They told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that the development would worsen the challenges faced by the manufacturing industry in the country.
Malam Garba Kurfi, the Managing Director, APT Securities and Funds Ltd. Lagos, said the development would pose more threat to the local manufacturing industry due to high interest rate and unfriendly economic environment.
Mr Michael Oyebola, President, Fund Managers Association of Nigeria (FMAN), however, said the devaluation would make exports from China cheaper.
Oyebola said that government should map out blueprint aimed at tackling the nation’s infrastructure challenges to boost local industries.
China on Aug. 11, devalued the yuan by about two per cent after a run of poor economic data.
The central bank said the devaluation was due to its official guidance rate, which was down nearly 2 per cent to 6.2298 yuan per dollar – its lowest point in almost three year.
To revamp the Chinese economy, Beijing has redirected its focus on the tourism sector.
The government said it was aiming to double leisure spending to 5.5 trillion yuan ($886 billion) by 2020.
It said 10 new ports for cruise ships would be constructed by 2020 and state companies would be encouraged to build vacation boats to spur tourism growth.
In addition, around 1,000 camp grounds for recreational vehicles will be developed by 2020 and 57,000 toilet facilities for tourists will be built or renovated in the next three years.
“Wireless networks will be installed at top tourist spots to give visitors free Internet access at some 10,000 destinations.
“To pay for the new construction, funds will be created and private investors will be encouraged to become partners in projects,’’ the cabinet said.
Mr Olaleye Williams, the Managing Director, GlobalView Consult & Investments Ltd., Lagos, said that Nigeria should learn from the boldness of the Chinese in tackling its pressing issues.
Williams said that a blueprint was necessary because of China’s strategic importance to the nation’s foreign trade relations.
He said that “Chinese imports will be cheaper still while Nigeria’s oil exports will become less valuable”. (NAN)