• Wednesday, November 29, 2023
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CBN publishes operational guidelines for deregulated FX market

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The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has published its operational guidelines governing transactions on the FX market after the floatation of the Naira early Wednesday.

The guidelines addressed to authorized dealers and the general public confirmed that the controversial multiple exchange rate windows had been abolished.

According to the apex bank, changes to operations in the Nigerian Foreign Exchange (FX) Market are as follows-
• Abolishment of segmentation. Al segments are now collapsed into the investors and Exporters (I&E) window. Applications for medicals, school fees, BTA/PTA, and SMEs would continue to be processed through deposit money banks.
Re-introduction of the “Willing Buyer, Willing Seller” model at the 18E Window. Operations in this window shall be guided by the extant circular
on the establishment of the window, dated 21 April 2017 and referenced

Al eligible transactions are permitted to access foreign exchange at this window.
• The operational rate for all government-related transactions shall be the weighted average rate of the preceding day’s executed transactions at the I&E window, calculated to two (2) decimal places.
Proscription of trading limits on oversold FX positions with permission to hedge short positions with OTC futures. Limits on overbought positions shall be zero.
• Re-introduction of order-based two-way quotes, with bid-ask spread of A1. Al transactions shall be cleared by a Central Counter Party (CCP).

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• Reintroduction of Order Book to ensure transparency of orders and seamless execution of trades.
• The operational hours of trades shall be from 9am to 4pm, Nigeria time. 1

• Cessation of RT200 Rebate Scheme and the Naira4Dollar Remittance Scheme, with effect from 30 June 2023.
The CBN said further guidance on these matters shall be communicated in due course.