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Exchange Rate Policy

The main objectives of exchange rate policy in Nigeria are to preserve the value of the domestic currency, maintain a favourable external reserves position and ensure external balance without compromising the need for internal balance and the overall goal of macroeconomic stability.

Exchange Rate Movement
The average AFEM intervention rate which closed at N82.33 to a dollar in 1995 appreciated to N81.48 per dollar in 1996. The rate depreciated continuously to N81.98, N84.84 and N91.83 in 1997, 1998 and 1999 respectively. The rates in the bureaux de change showed similar trend. At the bureaux de change, the rate closed at N83.69 to a dollar in 1995, appreciated to N83.15 per dollar in 1996 before depreciating to N99.26 per dollar in 1999. The parallel market premium moved from 1.6 per cent in 1996 to 3.2 per cent in 1999. Meanwhile, the market determined exchange rate at the IFEM has remained within the pre-determined fluctuation bands.

Facts : 1/1/1995
National Clearing System Re-Visited:In January 1995, a revised clearing rule became operational to facilitate effective clearing of financial instruments and shorten the period of clearing. Consequently, inter-state cheque clearing time was reduced from 21 days to 15 days, while intra-state clearing has been reduced from 12 days to 9 days.
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