JUST IN: Naira Rebounds in Official Market, Crashes Again in Black Market as CBN Issues New Guides to BDCs

The Nigerian currency, the naira, experienced a slight depreciation in the parallel market, trading at N1,680 per dollar after days of gains. In the official Nigerian Autonomous Foreign Exchange Market(NAFEM), the naira gained about N82.52, trading at N1,582.94 per dollar compared to the N1,665.5 per dollar it closed on Friday, February 23, 2024.

The naira gained in the parallel market last week following the arrests of black market operators believed to be behind the currency’s fall.

The move saw the local market gaining almost N300 over the weekend from N1,920 to about N1,600 but slightly declined on Monday, February 26, 2024.

The Nigerian foreign exchange market recorded a daily turnover of $115.493 million on Monday, February 26, 2024, against the $151.93 million recorded on Friday, February 23, 2024.

The naira recorded an intraday high of N1,778 per dollar and an intraday low of N1,300 per dollar on Monday, February 26, 2024.

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has proposed new regulations to increase Nigeria’s minimum requirements for Bureau de Change (BDC) operators to N2 billion and N500 million for Tier 1 and Tier 2 licences.

The latest development changes from the previous requirement of N35 million for a general license.

The new directive is in an Exposure draft in Nigeria’s Revised Regulatory Supervisory Guidelines for Bureau De Change operations.

According to the new regulations released by the apex bank, the updated regulations disclosed that once approved, the guidelines will come into effect on a date determined by the CBN.

The new guidelines require that Tier 1 operators maintain a minimum share capital of N2 billion and also submit a Mandatory Caution Deposit of N200 million, with an application fee of N1 million, while the license fee is N5 million.

Tier 1 operators must maintain a minimum share capital of N2 billion and submit a Mandatory Caution Deposit of N200 million.

Tier-1 operators are authorised to operate nationally, can open branches, and may appoint franchisees based on the CBN’s approval.

A Tier-1 operator shall exercise supervisory oversight over its franchisees, with all franchisees adopting their franchisor’s name, branding, technology platform and rendition requirements. Tier-2 operators must possess a minimum share capital of N500 million and maintain a Mandatory deposit of N50 million.