July 15, 2024
CBN issues new Forex guidelines, announces cessation of Naira for dollar scheme, RT200 rebate scheme
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– By Godswill Odiong

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The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has announced the unification of all segments of the forex market collapsing all windows into one.

This was part of a series of immediate changes to operations in the Nigerian Foreign Exchange (FX) Market, in a bid to improve liquidity and stability.

In a statement signed by the Director of Financial Markets, Angela Sere-Ejembi, and dated 14 June 2023, the changes include:

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) wishes to inform all authorized dealers and the general public of the following immediate changes to operations in the Nigerian Foreign Exchange (FX) Market:

• Abolishment of segmentation. Al segments are now collapsed into the
investors and Exporters (I&E) window. Applications for medicals, school fees, BA/PTA, and SMEs would continue to be processed through deposit money banks.

Re-introduction of the “Willing Buyer, Willing Seller” model at the 1&E Window. Operations in this window shall be guided by the extant circular
on the establishment of the window, dated 21 April 2017 and referenced FMD/DIR/CIR/GEN/08/007. All 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).
• 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.

Cessation of RT200 Rebate Scheme and the Naira4Dollar Remittance Scheme, with effect from 30 June 2023.
Further guidance on these matters shall be communicated in due course. Al market participants and the general public are kindly enjoined to abide by these rules.


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