CBN to stop dollar sales to banks – Godwin Emefiele
Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele has disclosed that it will stop the sale of foreign exchange to banks by the end of the year.
This was disclosed on Thursday by Emefiele at a press conference in Abuja after consultation with the Bankers Committee.
He also announced the introduction of the bank’s RT200 FX programme to boost the country’s foreign exchange inflow through non-oil exports.
The RT200 FX policy stands for the ‘Race To $200billion in FX Repatriation into Nigeria’.
When asked about the role of play in the new policy, Emefiele said the banks would support the programme, adding that CBN will end the era of dollar sales by this year.
He said banks should generate export proceeds from exporters to give their importers.
“The era is coming to an end when, because your customers need $100 million in foreign exchange or $200 million, you now want to pack all the dollars and pass it to CBN to give you dollars,” he said.
“It is coming to an end before or by the end of this year. We will tell them don’t come to the Central Bank for foreign exchange again go and generate their export proceeds.
“When those export proceeds come, we will fund them at 5 percent for you, and they will earn rebait. Then you can sell those proceeds to your customers that want 100 million dollars. But to say you will continue to come to the Central Bank to give you dollars, we will stop it.
He said the new policy will be driven by five key anchors, including value-added export facility, non-oil commodities expansion facility, non-oil FX rebate scheme, dedicated non-oil export terminals, and a bi-annual non-oil export summit.
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