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Naira to trade freely, as CBN introduces flexible exchange rate

by Business News Report

The Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, has put in place a full float of the Naira, which will make the exchange rate to be determined by market forces. The apex bank however said it will intervene “as the need arises”. Disclosing this in Abuja at a press conference on the Flexible Exchange Rate Policy, Mr. Godwin Emefiele CBN, Governor averred that the 41 items denied access to foreign exchange last year remained excluded.

According to him, “We are talking about an open, transparent two-way system.  It is intended not have speculators and rent-seekers. I do not expect that any other exchange rate will be recognized.” For the first time however, the CBN appointed primary dealers who are expected to help boost foreign exchange, FX, liquidity in the market and introduced a two way quote which basically means that the market will act like the stock market where buyers and sellers will state price and quantity they are willing to sell. The CBN Governor also revealed that Nigeria will now be operating a single market, adding that the new price for the Naira will be known when the market opens officially on Monday.

Below is a summary of the press conference on Wednesday…

  1. The Market will operate as single market through the interbank
  2. The FX Rate will be purely market-driven
  3. CBN will participate through periodic interventions
  4. FX primary dealers will be registered to deal directly with the CBN for large deal sizes.
  5. FX primary dealers will deal with other authorised dealers
  6. There will be no more spread restrictions
  7. The 41 items classified for not valid for FX are still not admissible in FX interbank market
  8. CBN may offer long-tenored FX forwards
  9. Selling of FX forwards must be trade backed with no pre-determined spreads
  10. Over the Counter FX futures will be introduced. The OTC FX futures are bespoke and volumes could be non-standard
  11. Non-oil exporters are now allowed unfettered access to export proceeds via the interbank market


  1. Guidelines of the general FX market will be released immediately
  2. Guidelines for FX primary dealers will be released immediately
  3. FX primary dealers will be appointed and notified by June 17, 2016
  4. Interbank FX trading under the new guidelines will begin on June 20, 2016


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