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CBN lifts ban on 43 items denied access to forex, plans to boost liquidity in foreign exchange market

by Business News Report

Central Bank of Nigeria CBN has lifted the ban previously placed on 43 that were denied access to foreign exchange market. The CBN said it is committed to boosting liquidity in the foreign exchange market and has lifted a ban on 43 items that were previously restricted from accessing forex. The ban covered items such as rice, cement and poultry and was imposed in 2015 as part of the unorthodox policies under former Governor Godwin Emefiele in an effort to prop up the Naira currency. 

In a statement signed by Dr. Isa Abdulmumin, Corporate Communication Director CBN said “CBN restates commitment to boost liquidity in FOREX Market: The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) will continue to promote orderliness and professional conduct by all participants in the Nigerian Foreign Exchange Market to ensure market forces determine exchange rates on a Willing Buyer – Willing Seller principle. The CBN reiterates that the prevailing Foreign Exchange (FX) rates should be referenced from platforms such as the CBN website, FMDQ, and other recognised or appointed trading systems to promote price discovery, transparency, and credibility in the FX rates. As part of its responsibility to ensure price stability, the CBN will boost liquidity in the Nigerian Foreign Exchange Market byinterventions from time to time. 

“As market liquidity improves, these CBN interventions will gradually decrease. Importers of all the 43 items previously restricted by the 2015 Circular referenced TED/FEM/FPC/GEN/01/010 and its addendums are now allowed to purchase foreign exchange in the Nigerian Foreign Exchange Market. The CBN is committed to accelerating efforts to clear the FX backlog with existing participants and will continue dialogue with stakeholders to address the issue. The CBN has set as one of its goals the attainment of a single FX market. Consultation is ongoing with market participants to achieve this goal. Participants and the general public are to be guided by the above”.

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