CBN boosts retail SMIS with $2698.71m intervention fund

Central Bank of Nigeria Governor, Godwin Emefiele
CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) says it has made another intervention in the retail Secondary Market Intervention Sales (SMIS) to the tune of $2698.71million in addition to CNY 39.69 million in the spot and short-tenured forwards segment of the inter-bank foreign market.

CBN’s Director of Corporate Communications, Isaac Okorafor, disclosed this on Friday, saying that the interventions in United States dollars, just as in previous transactions, were to meet requests in the agricultural and raw materials sectors.

Similarly, the transactions in Chinese Yuan were for Renminbi-denominated Letters of Credit.

Mr. Okorafor also reiterated the satisfaction of the bank’s management with the stability in the forex market, stressing that the bank would continue to make necessary interventions in order to ensure liquidity in the Nigerian foreign exchange market.

He said CBN was further encouraged by the improved inflow of foreign exchange, which has kept the exchange rate around the N360/$1 for close to 30 months.

While urging Nigerians to continue to support the policies of the CBN aimed at boosting the production capacity of local industries as well as creating jobs for citizens, Okorafor assured that the bank would remain committed to ensuring that all the sectors of the forex market continue to enjoy access to the needed foreign exchange.

Meanwhile, a dollar exchanged for N360 while CNY1 exchanged at N55, at the Bureau de Change (BDC) segment of the foreign exchange market on Friday.