Forex crisis: BDCs ask CBN to increase its minimum capital to N350 million

The Association of Bureau De Change Operators of Nigeria (ABCON) has asked the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to increase the minimum capital requirement of forex traders to do business from the present N35 million to N350 million ($454,888).

The association also is also recommending merger for its members in order to boost their capacity to handle diaspora remittances or any other funds sent from abroad and channel the foreign exchange to shops and small businesses.

ABCON President confirms the move

The President of ABCON, Aminu Gwadebe in a conversation with NewsTimes confirmed the development saying that it was part of the moves to build up capacity of their operations and possibly reduce the number of operators.

Aminu said that the association asked for consolidation whereby some BDCs can merge and also noting that this is mechanism like the did in the banks in 2004 when they were consolidated.

  • The ABCON President said, ‘’We asked for a merger, consolidation, like 10 BDCs coming together to fund the N350 million proposed minimum capital requirement to reduce the number of BDCs. It is better because we are doing nothing just because they said we are too many, so is it not better to merge and we are doing business, so that we can form capacity.’’

This is a developing story…

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