CBN injects $195m into forex market MPC decides today
by HOPE MOSES-ASHIKE
September 26, 2017 | 2:18 am| | | Start Conversation
As the financial markets await the decision of the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) today, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) on Monday, September 25, 2017, boosted the forex market by offering a total of $195 million in three segments of the market.
In the wholesale Secondary Market Intervention Sales (SMIS), of the inter-bank Foreign Exchange market, it auctioned $100m and also intervened in the Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and invisible segments, with the sum of $50 million and $45million respectively.
This week’s intervention is significant, coming in the midst of the Monetary Policy Committee Meeting taking place on Monday, September 25 and Tuesday, September 26, 2017.
Monday’s sale follows the major intervention, last week, to the tune of $545 million, as the retail Secondary Market Intervention Sales (SMIS) received the largest intervention of $285 million. Other segments include the $100 million offered for wholesale SMIS, $90 million for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) window and $70 million for invisibles such as Basic Travel Allowances, tuition fees and medical payments.
Responding to media enquiries, the CBN acting director, corporate communications, Isaac Okorafor reiterated that the Bank’s intervention was to maintain its commitment to sustain liquidity in the market to meet genuine requests as well as deepen flexibility in the foreign exchange market.
He said the CBN would continue to work on achieving the objective of convergence of rates in the various segments of the market, and would continue to strive that the forex market guarantees transparency in the sale of foreign exchange.
Okorafor recalled that only last week, the CBN threatened to sanction any Deposit Money Bank (DMB) in breach of its earlier directive of March 3, 2017, which instructed them to, among other things, open teller points for retail forex transactions and to have electronic display boards in all their branches, showing rates of all trading currencies.
He stated that the Bank’s firm stance goes to reiterate its commitment to ensure liquidity in the foreign exchange market, where all genuine requests will be met in line with extant forex guidelines, noting that it would foster more transparency and to make the public become aware that these facilities exist.
The nation’s currency on Monday gained 0.02 percent to close at N360.31 to the dollar but lost N0.75k when compared to N359.56k traded a month ago at the investors and exporters window.
The foreign exchange daily turnover rose to N363.63k on Monday, gaining N150.42k over N213.21k recorded a mong ago at the same window.
At the inter-bank official market, the local currency gained 0.02 percent to close at N305.80k compared to N305.85k traded on Friday.
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