The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) on Friday made an intervention of $325.5million within the retail Secondary Market Intervention Sales (SMIS) and CNY14million within the spot and short-tenored forwards section of the inter-bank international change (foreign exchange) market.
The Director, Corporate Communications Department, Isaac Okorafor, revealed that the intervention was for agricultural equipment and industrial uncooked supplies.
The Chinese Yuan, then again, was for Renminbi denominated Letters of Credit.
Okorafor expressed optimism that the steadiness within the foreign exchange market can be sustained and due to this fact assured the general public, notably real international change customers of the dedication of the apex financial institution in direction of making certain ample liquidity out there.
It shall be recalled that the apex financial institution had on October 15, provided authorised sellers within the wholesale section of the market the sum of $100million, whereas the Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and the invisibles segments every acquired the sum of $55 million.
Meanwhile, $1 exchanged for N358 on the Bureau de Change (BDC) section of the foreign exchange market, whereas CNY1 exchanged at N48.
The apex financial institution has to this point defended the naira with $8.28 billion by its direct intervention throughout the first six months of this yr, based on its half yr report.
The quantity was given to totally different segments of the inter-bank international change (foreign exchange) market, the report stated.
The foreign exchange gross sales have been meant to handle the demand stress and guarantee change fee stability, that are throughout the core mandates of the apex financial institution.
As a results of the intervention, the naira has remained secure at each the official and parallel markets exchanging round N306/$ and N364/$ respectively within the first half of the yr.