The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) on Monday, April 24, offered the sum of $246.2 million to authorized dealers at the forex auction in the interbank wholesale window, small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and invisibles segments.
A breakdown of the total offer indicates that the sum of $150 million was auctioned at the wholesale window while SMEs and invisibles got $52 million and $44.2 million respectively.
The bank’s spokesman, Isaac Okorafor, confirmed the offer and sales on Monday, disclosing that the forwards sales would be concluded in the days to come. He, however, added that the CBN will continue its weekly sale to dealers in the bureau de change (BDC) segment this week in order to guarantee onward sale to end users.
According to him, the bank’s continued interventions in the different segments had guaranteed availability to individuals and business concerns. He disclosed that the bank was satisfied with the feedback it received concerning the response of SMEs to access forex from the new CBN window.
He said the CBN was particularly determined to ease the challenges hitherto encountered by small manufacturers, hence the move to provide them with easy access to forex.
“SME operators no longer have to patronize or source foreign exchange through unofficial windows and no more pressure on either the BDCs or any other unofficial source with the opening of the special window,” he added.
The CBN, also last week, created a forex window for investors and exporters, which it named “Investors’ & Exporters’ FX Window”. The CBN circular, which announced the creation of the new window, disclosed that the purpose of the window was to boost liquidity in the forex market and ensure timely execution and settlement for eligible transactions.