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BDCs outline strategies to tackle FX volatility, enhance regulatory compliance 

The Association of Bureaux De Change Operators of Nigeria (ABCON) is working on establishing unified retail end forex market operations to tackle volatility and boost regulatory compliance within the Bureaux De Change (BDC) sub-sector.

Aminu Gwadabe, president of ABCON, said ABCON is carrying out strategic plans meant to unify operators from different cadres of the market including the inauguration of state chapters for market coordination, integration and administering a united market structure.

He said that ABCON plans to extend its automation policies and platforms to all BDC operators across Nigeria markets and upgrade its Business Process Platform- (formerly called SAAZ Master).

He said the new blueprint for a united retail end forex market structure will ensure the deployment of a centralized, democratized and liberalized online real-time trading platform.

He stated that the association will sustain its engagement with regulatory agencies, security operatives and other government apparatus to entrench a secured and thriving forex market that is supportive of regulation and government.

Gwadabe said: “Part of our vision for a united retail-end forex market include activating geo mapping and automated BDCs physical office verification exercise using the Remote Gravity Physical verification apps. This will enable forex buyers to easily locate where BDCs offices are for effective and seamless transactions”.

He reiterated the benefits of a realistic and vibrant retail end forex market as supporting the Central Bank of Nigeria’s (CBN’s) goal of achieving true price discovery for the naira, balancing of international obligations and national objectives, ensuring ease of regulation, security agencies monitoring and supervision as well as entrenching market visibility for BDC players.

According to Gwadabe,  the vision for a united retail end forex market will help in the provision of market intelligence reports, enhance the local and global image of the BDCs other stakeholders, and market operators and boost employment generation.

The successful execution of this plan, Gwadabe said, will help in seamlessly capturing revenues for the government through a digitized retail end market and creating a well-structured, transparent and competitive platform to checkmate the menace of unlicensed platforms like Binance, Aboki FX, and ByBit among others.

He disclosed that ABCON is a self-regulatory body, an umbrella body for all the Central Bank of Nigeria -CBN-licensed BDCs.

It is a national body, acknowledged by the Federal Government and believes that money laundering through the BDCs or any other financial institution is unacceptable and those found wanting should be punished based on the law.

He said ABCON has structures nationally and across zones of the federation with its National EXCO drawn from all regions of the country, for transparency and good coordination and has over the years, lived up to its name by protecting the interests of genuine forex dealers and supporting a stronger naira.

He said ABCON has since its inauguration redefined Nigeria’s BDC sector with technology, capacity building for operators and support for exchange rate stability.

Gwadabe said the overall primary goal of ABCON is to ensure forex availability to the critical retail end of the forex market and bridge the gap between the official and the parallel market exchange rates.

With the world going digital, BDC operators under the ABCON leadership are committed to staying ahead of the competition by deploying time-tested technology to deliver effective services to foreign exchange end-users.

ABCON condemned in its entity, the seeming reappearance of illegal economic behaviours in forex conversion and peer-to-peer services (P2P) trading that pose new surprises in naira volatility.

Gwadabe warned that while surprises are the new normal, resilience is also a new skill.

“I can confidently that the apex bank and relevant security agencies are committed to ensuring that   naira continues to appreciate and will deal with any saboteurs. It is therefore in our own interest to desist from hoarding and speculation as it is a burble and will burst in no distant time,” he said.

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