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CBN Resumes Forex Sales to BDCs at N1,021/$1, Caps Resale Margins

New Forex Policy for BDCs

In a move to improve foreign currency liquidity and accessibility in the retail forex market, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has resumed selling dollars directly to Bureau De Change (BDC) operators on April 23, 2024.

Controlled Exchange Rate and Resale Cap

According to the latest directive from the apex bank announced on April 23, 2024, BDCs will be able to purchase US dollars from the CBN at an exchange rate of N1,021 per $1. However, the CBN has capped the maximum resale rate for BDCs at 1.5% above their purchase price from the bank.

Background and Objectives

This policy change comes after a period where the CBN had likely suspended or limited its forex sales to the BDC segment. By reintroducing dollar sales at a controlled rate of N1,021/$1 on April 23, 2024, the central bank aims to enhance forex liquidity and availability for retail forex users who rely on BDCs.

The CBN’s move to cap the resale margins of BDCs at 1.5% above the purchase price is seen as an effort to prevent excessive pricing by these operators. This measure, announced on April 23, 2024, aims to protect end-users from paying exorbitant premiums on forex transactions conducted through BDCs.

Potential Impact and Challenges

While the impact of this policy shift remains to be seen, it has the potential to narrow the gap between the official and parallel market forex rates in Nigeria. However, the success of this intervention will depend on factors such as the volume of dollars sold to BDCs and the overall dynamics of forex demand and supply in the country.

Industry analysts and market participants will be closely monitoring the implementation of this policy announced on April 23, 2024, and its effects on forex accessibility, pricing, and potential currency arbitrage opportunities.

CBN’s Balancing Act

As Nigeria navigates its complex forex landscape, the CBN’s latest move on April 23, 2024, underscores its efforts to strike a balance between managing exchange rates, ensuring forex liquidity, and protecting consumer interests in the retail forex market.

Izu Mgbaemena

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