- CBN Set to Settle $270.6m FX Futures Contract This Week
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) is expected to settle OTC FX Futures contract to the tune of $270.6 million on the interbank market this Wednesday.
The transaction to be settled on the FMDQ OTC Securities Exchange would be the fourth futures contract to mature since the introduction of the flexible FX regime.
But analysts anticipate that the central bank would open a new futures contract expected to mature October 2017.
Afrinvest West Africa Limited, which disclosed this explained: “In the week ahead, the central bank will be settling US$270.6 million in open futures contracts maturing 26th October 2016. We expect the apex bank to open a new October 2017 futures contract with a total value of $1.0bn to replace the maturing instrument.
“However, we believe rate at the parallel market will be pressured in the weeks ahead on the back of the apex bank’s decision to maintain status-quo on the suspension of 19 banks from dollar sale to BDCs, suspension of naira debit cards for FX transactions and Travelex’s inability to meet the rising foreign currency demand from BDC operators,” Afrinvest stated.
In an effort to meet part of the pent up demand for foreign exchange by critical sectors of the economy, the central bank last week allocated $314 million to Nigerian banks for onward sale to their customers through Special Secondary Market Intervention Retail Sales (SMIS).
According to a CBN source, the intervention, which was a sixty-day forwards sale, was aimed specifically at meeting the FX payment of matured obligations for the importation of agriculture and industrial raw materials, machineries and equipment as well as spare parts and ticket sale remittances for airlines.
He said in order to ensure that these sectors continue to enjoy the support of the banking system in sourcing raw materials and machinery the chief executives of deposit money banks (DMBs) signed undertakings to open new letters of credit (LCs) equivalent to the amount of forwards receive for each of the sectors.
“Therefore, this round of sales was meant to meet both matured obligations and finance new trade LCs,” the senior CBN official had said.
At the close of the intervention, he said the CBN received valid application (that is those that met the criteria stipulated in the circular for the auction) amounting to $814,208,535.82. Of this amount, it intervened with the sum of $313,916,711.09.
A sectoral breakdown showed that total demand from the agriculture sector stood at $31,941,640.73, of which 61.73 per cent, or $19,718,153.67 was met by the CBN.
Total demand by airlines was $216,738,717.57, of which 31.91 per cent, or $69,164,224.83 was met; demand for machinery stood at $167,638,045.08, of which 65.09 per cent, or $109,117,686.71 was met; and demand for raw materials of $397,890,132.44, of which 29.13 per cent, or $115,916,711.09 was met.
In fulfilment of its pledge to fund forward sales under the flexible FX regime, the CBN also guaranteed letters of credit (LCs) for importers to ship in required goods.
A statement from the acting Director, Corporate Communications Department, CBN, Mr. Isaac Okorafor had explained that the move by the CBN to settle the 60-day forward sales would further ease pressure on the naira and improve market liquidity.
The naira closed at N455 to the dollar on the parallel market on Friday. However, on the interbank FX market, the spot rate of the naira closed at N455 to the dollar on Friday.
CBN Extends Letter of Credit Issuance Timeline Amid Forex Crisis
Move Aims to Address FX Scarcity Challenges and Enhance Customer Service
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has announced an extension of the timeline for issuing letters of credit from 24 hours to five working days, according to the newly approved 2023 service charter.
This adjustment comes as the country grapples with foreign exchange scarcity, impacting local and international trade.
The 2020 service charter initially stipulated a 24-hour timeline for the issuance and management of letters of credit, but the updated charter now reflects a timeline extension to five working days.
Also, the CBN has prolonged the timeline for the registration of Form M and NXP from 24 hours to two working days.
The move follows the CBN’s unification of all forex market segments in June 2023, aimed at promoting liquidity and stability.
However, this measure appears to have led to increased market instability, with the naira losing nearly a fifth of its value.
Reports indicate that foreign suppliers are now rejecting letters of credit from Nigerian businesses, affecting the importation of goods and services.
Letters of credit are crucial for the payment of visible goods imports, wherein a bank commits in writing to pay the exporter a specified sum within a defined timeframe upon receipt of proper documentation from the customer.
The extended timelines for letters of credit, Forms M, and NXP in the service charter are seen as measures to manage cash flow and instill confidence in the process amidst the ongoing forex crisis.
CBN Governor Yemi Cardoso stressed the commitment to responsive and citizen-friendly governance through efficient, responsible, and transparent service delivery in the revised service charter.
The move is part of the CBN’s effort to comply with the Business Facilitation Act 2022 and enhance ease of doing business in Nigeria.
Unity Bank MD Advocates Policy Actions to Stem Gender-Based Violence in Nigeria
The Managing Director of Unity Bank Plc, Mrs. Tomi Somefun has called for comprehensive policy actions that will dismantle the structures that enable gender-based violence in Nigeria.
At the Ebony Life Cinema, the venue of the film screening in Lagos, Unity Bank supported the BECKMA movie premiere by ARDA Development Commuications Inc. which was held to highlight issues of Gender-Based violence and driving positive change in society.
Making the call, Somefun stated that the Bank committed to partnering with the movie premiere and putting the power of the brand behind BECKMA as the event brings sustainability and gender equality to the front burner.
Represented by Unity Bank’s Group Head of Compliance, Mrs. Patricia Ahunanya, Somefun noted that “9 percent of women aged 15 to 49 had suffered sexual assault at least once in their lifetime and 31% had experienced physical violence,” citing a recent study by UNDP in Nigeria.
Speaking further, Somefun said “Gender-based violence is not just a women’s issue, but a societal ill that demands our collective attention. It is high time for us to step forward and advocate for comprehensive policy actions that will dismantle the structures allowing such atrocities to persist”.
She added, “I urge policymakers to enact stringent laws against gender-based violence, ensuring swift and severe consequences for perpetrators. Our homes and various organisations must also be a catalyst for change, inspiring others to follow suit.”
While commending the ARDA Development Communications Inc. for their initiatives to promote gender equality and empowerment in line with SDG5, Somefun assured of the Bank’s commitment to sustainable initiatives and further collaborative initiatives and advocacy programmes for the elimination of gender-based violence.
Nigeria’s NIBSS Directs Banks to Disconnect Non-Deposit Financial Institutions from NIP System
Banks in Nigeria have received a directive from the Nigeria Inter-Bank Settlement System (NIBSS) to disconnect Switches, Payment Solution Service Providers (PSSPs), and Super Agents from the NIBSS Instant Payment Outwards System.
The circular, dated December 5, 2023, highlighted that including these non-deposit-taking financial institutions as beneficiaries on the NIP funds transfer channels violates the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) guideline on electronic payments.
The NIBSS emphasized that while Switches, PSSPs, and Super Agents might process outward transfers as inflows to banks, their licenses do not permit them to hold customers’ funds.
The circular referred to the CBN’s guidelines on electronic payment of salaries, pensions, suppliers, and taxes, dated February 2014, as the basis for this regulatory stance.
The directive also pointed to a circular dated May 11, 2018, titled “Permissible Services and Products of PSSP Operation in Nigeria,” reinforcing the need for compliance.
As a result, banks were urged to delist all Switches, PSSPs, and Super Agents from the NIP Outward Transfer channels while allowing their participation in inward transfers.
In Nigeria’s payment ecosystem, operators are required to obtain licenses such as Switching and Processing, Mobile Money Operations, Payment Solution Services, or Regulatory Sandbox from the CBN.
Only Mobile Money Operators (MMOs) have the authority to hold customer funds, according to the CBN’s regulatory framework.
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