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The Association of Bureaux De Change Operators of Nigeria (ABCON)

ABCON advocates measures to contain Naira depreciation
By: Morolake Kolade
Wed, 13 Oct 2021   ||   Nigeria,

WEDNESDAY, 13th October, 2021: The Association of Bureaux De Change Operators of Nigeria (ABCON) has advocated measures to contain the continued devaluing of the Naira.
These measures were presented in the ABCON Quarterly Economic Review for the third quarter of 2021. 
According to ABCON, the recent developments in the foreign exchange market proved that the suspension of dollar sales to BDCs was not the solution to the continued depreciation of the Naira in the parallel market.
The association added that the continued depreciation of the Naira had also proven that BDCs were indispensable in Nigeria’s context of the foreign exchange market.
ABCON called on the CBN to investigate the actual causes of the depreciation since July 2nd when it suspended dollar sales to BDCs and why the Deposit Money Banks were unable to bridge the gap of supplying foreign exchange to satisfy the demand earlier fulfilled by BDCs.
While addressing the issue of the continued depreciation of the Naira in the parallel market, ABCON called on the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to restructure the BDC sub-sector. It added that the CBN needed to resume dollar sales to the public through BDCs especially in view of the failure of the intervention through Deposit Money Banks to bridge the gap between the official and parallel market exchange rates.
The Association stated: “Industrialists have reported increased scarcity of foreign exchange in the system since the stoppage of intervention to BDCs, which is an indication that irrespective of the anomaly observed in the operations of BDCs, part of the allocation to the sub-sector flows into the real sector.
“Thus, it is logical to consider restructuring BDC operations to weed out the dysfunctional units and operators bringing out the real outfits for operational efficiency. These can be achieved through the design of dynamic operational modalities of standard practices
“The refined outfits can effectively operate on independent transparent platforms dealing in autonomous funds in the economy. They should be permitted to operate as fully independent foreign exchange professionals under the best practices in international foreign exchange operations. Medium-scale dealers in foreign exchange should be permitted to operate a lower platform to the Investors and Exporters (I&E) market under transparent clearinghouse modalities.



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