I&E Forex window improved to $203.3m monthly average in October

The daily Foreign Exchange (FX) turnover at the Investors and Exporters Window (I&EW) has improved to an average of $203.3 million in October 2021, compared to $157.9 million, $113.8 million, and $63.6 million in third quarter (Q3) 2021, Q2 2021, and Q1 2021, respectively, data from investment banking and research firm, Afrinvest has revealed.

The firm, in its market weekly review, noted that there is room for improvement in the provision and maintenance of infrastructure, investment productivity and boosting of local business activities to support export activities and strengthen channels for dollar inflow.

Meanwhile, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), has directed banks to apply the indicative exchange rates in the Investors and Exporters (I&E) window for outbound payments through the Pan African Payments and Settlement System (PAPSS).

PAPSS is the first centralized payment market infrastructure for processing, clearing and settling of intra-African trade and commerce payments.

It was set up by the Afreximbank in partnership with the West African Monetary Institute (WAMI).

The bank stated this in a circular introducing the guidelines on operations of PAPSS in Nigeria, issued on Friday, signed by the Director, Trade and Exchange Department, CBN, Dr. Ozoemena Nnaji.

The apex bank  stated,  “All authorised dealers are required to ensure that prevailing exchange rate at Investors and Exporters Forex Window as advised by Financial Markets Department (FMD), should be used in cross-rates conversion between Naira, United States Dollars and third currencies within Africa, for outbound payments and vice-versa for inflows;

“For settlement of PAPSS transactions by CBN, authorised dealers shall obtain the approval of CBN for dollar cover, before initiating payments on PAPSS. The request for approval should be forwarded to the Director, Financial Markets Department, CBN;

“That eligible payment of imports and receipt of export proceeds by the CBN shall be restricted to trade-backed transactions only and that the documentation requirements stipulated in memorandum 9 and 10 of the Foreign Exchange Manual (2018) and other extant circulars shall apply. Import payments shall also be restricted to goods of African origin;

“That all the required documentations referred to in (1) above should be provided before a transaction is initiated on PAPSS by authorised dealers and their customers;

“That export proceeds repatriated to CBN under PAPSS shall be subject to certification by respective processing banks as being repatriated by the exporter;

“The provisions of all existing guidelines, circulars and directives on the operations of Foreign Exchange Market shall apply;

“For the avoidance of doubt, only eligible transactions as may be determined by the CBN from time to time shall be eligible for payment on PAPSS.

“Items classified ‘not valid for Foreign Exchange’ shall remain ineligible”, the circular read.

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