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CBN issues updated BDC guidelines, directs operators to reapply for licence

CBN issues updated BDC guidelines, directs operators to reapply for licence
May 22
19:34 2024

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has issued regulatory guidelines for bureau de change operations after consultation with stakeholders.

In February, CBN released a ‘Draft Revised Regulatory and Supervisory Guidelines for Bureau De Change Operations in Nigeria’.

However, on Wednesday, following the consultation, CBN made changes to the guidelines and also directed existing BDCs to reapply for a new licence.

“All existing BDCs and promoters of proposed BDCs are to note the following: Re-apply for a new license according to any of the Tiers or license category of their choice as provided in the Guidelines,” CBN said.

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One of the changes in the guidelines is the removal of the mandatory caution deposit of N200 million for tier-1 licence holders.

Also, N50 million for tier-2 licence holders was removed by the apex bank.

Similarly, the CBN withdrew the non-refundable annual licence renewal fee of N5 million and N1 million for tier-1 and tier-2 BDCs, respectively.

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The reviewed document also highlighted the revised permissible activities, financial requirements, corporate governance requirements and anti-money laundering/combating the financing of terrorism (AML/CFT) provisions for BDCs.

“As part of reforms to re-position the Bureau De Change (BDC) sub-sector to play its envisioned role in the foreign exchange market in Nigeria, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) issued the Draft Operational Guidelines for BDC Operations in Nigeria in February 2024, for stakeholder comments/inputs,” the statement reads.

“Following the conclusion of the stakeholder consultations and in exercise of the powers conferred on it by Section 56 of the Banks and Other Financial Institutions Act (BOFIA) 2020, the CBN hereby issues the attached Regulatory and Supervisory Guidelines for Bureau De Change Operations in Nigeria 2024 for compliance by all operators and promoters of proposed BDCs in Nigeria.”

The apex bank also said the guidelines will take effect from June 3, 2024.

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