The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has announced that it will establish Nigerian International Financial Centre (NIFC), which will be driven by technology and payment systems infrastructure.

The CBN, Governor Godwin Emefiele made the announcement Tuesday in Abuja while speaking at the 14th annual banking and finance conference of the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria.

Emefiele said, “The Central Bank will in the next 12 months be establishing the Nigerian International Financial Centre (NIFC). The NIFC will act as an international gateway for Capital and investments, driven by technology and payment system infrastructure.”

He said that the new financial centre will bring together local and foreign banks to create global champions.

According to Emefiele, the NIFC would be a 24-hour financial centre that will complement London, New York, and Singapore financial hubs, allowing Nigerian efforts like Infracorp Plc, a N15 trillion infrastructure fund that will be formed in October 2021, to accelerate.

He added that the NIFC will complement other CBN efforts such as the Nigerian Commodity Exchange and the National Theatre’s creative hubs for Nigerian youths, as well as the e-Naira project, which will be launched in October 2021.

“The NIFC will take advantage of our existing laws such as the BOFIA 2020, NEPZA and other CBN regulations to create a fully global investment and financial hub where monies, ideas, and technology will move freely without hindrance,” Emefiele added.