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Naira gains at official market as CBN promises to close exchange rates gap



At the official Investors and Exporters window, the Naira gained 0.11 percent versus the US dollar on Tuesday, closing at N410.67/$1 compared to N411.13/$1 it closed on Monday.

Data from FMDQ securities showed the gain recorded by Naira was the second in a row after Monday closed also with an appreciation.

At the black market the exchange rate remained flat at the parallel market to close at N532/$1. This is the same rate recorded at the close of trade on Monday.

However, data from abokifx showed the Naira lost N4 against the Pound Sterling to sell at N727/£1 compared with N723/£1 of the preceding session and depreciated against the Euro by N1 to close at N626/€1 in contrast to the prior session’s N625/€1.

Meanwhile, the Central Bank of Nigeria has promised investors that the gap between the official and unofficial exchange rates will be closed.

The gap which has frustrated investors currently stands N121.33 at the end of Tuesday trading.

Hassan Mahmud – Director, Monetary Policy Department, CBN assured of the exchange rates convergence while speaking as a panelist at a virtual economic event titled; ‘Navigating an Economic Recovery amid a Pandemic’ held yesterday.

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According to him, as CBN focuses more on boosting the dollar supply in the country and investors confidence, the exchange rates will take care of itself with time.

“Contrary to the market perception that the naira remains overvalued, Naira is now strongly determined by market fundamentals.

“We are not really bothered much about valuation. What we are worried about is the supply side and the confidence in the system.

“The naira is expected to adjust based on demand, that is why the country adopted a managed float regime,” he said.

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