Central bank injects $210 million into forex market

As the Monetary Policy Committee of the Central Bank of Nigeria commenced its last meeting for 2017, the bank injected $210 million into the inter-bank Foreign Exchange Market on Monday.

The CBN Acting Director, Corporate Communications, Isaac Okorafor, in a statement and said the interventions were in the Wholesale, Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and invisibles windows.

He said the bank offered the $100 million to the wholesale segment, while the SMEs segment received the sum of 55 million dollars.

Mr. Okorafor also said that the invisibles segment, comprising tuition fees, medical payments and Basic Travel Allowance (BTA), among others also received an allocation of $55 million.

According to him, the releases are aimed at boosting liquidity, trade and ease of remittances for legitimate personal commitments.

He said the bank was quite pleased with the rate of N360 to a dollar, noting that the continued intervention by the CBN in the inter-bank forex market had largely checked unwholesome activities of currency speculators.

He said the CBN would not relent in its monitoring of the market in order to ensure that authorised dealers abide by the extant rules.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that the CBN had in its last intervention injected 195 million dollars into the inter-bank Foreign Exchange Market.

Meanwhile, the naira maintained its steady rate against major currencies around the globe, exchanging for N360 to a dollar, N420 to the Euro and N470 to Pounds Sterling in the Bureau De Change segment of the market.

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