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July 30, 2017 (JUBA) - The central bank of South Sudan has announced new monetary policies seeking to avoid more inflation, regulate trading in foreign currency and combat money laundering and financial crime

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Women carrying babies are commonly seen queuing at commercial banks and forex exchange companies in Juba. Trade in dollars has now become a lucrative business in South Sudan (ST/File)

In statements to the state owned South Sudan Broadcasting Corporation TV last Thursday, Bank of South Sudan Governor Othom Rago Ajak urged security organs and members of the general public to play a supplementary role to help the institution implement major financial sector reform strategies.

Ajak presented the new measures as part of the monetary policies developed last May to control inflation, combat financial crime and support the existing monetary policies.

The new policies, he said, advocate the adoption of new anti-money laundering policy, which will guide the bank in establishing any business relationship with other financial institutions and another policy seeking to strengthen transaction in foreign currency among others.

The foreign exchange policy requires all business entities and organizations to open special accounts with the central bank for foreign exchange transactions.

"The new policy is for the interest of the public. It is a policy aiming at how best to better manage foreign exchange proceeds, resulting from the purchase of foreign exchange from the accounts relating to UN agencies, international Non-Government Organizations, oil companies and others,” said Ajak.

Ajak further disclosed that all licensed financial institutions have been directed to implement the new directives immediately.

South Sudan depends on oil revenue for 98 percent of its budget, but production decreased significantly due to the civil war that erupted in December 2013, causing most oilfields in the country’s oil-rich northern region to shut down.

This led to a fall in production to less than 130,000 barrels per day (bpd) from 350,000 bpd in 2011.The young nation is struggling with hyperinflation amid shortage of foreign reserves to support imports

The government through the management of the bank and the ministry of finance and other economic institutions in the country announced in May that it would engage in major restructuring and reformation of its system and financial sector in a bid to combat the biting economic crisis.

The new strategies, approved by the council of ministers, advocates for strengthening financial sector regulation, supervision, adaptation of a sound exchange rate policy, public debt management and developing a financial regulatory framework that is compatible with international standards.

(ST)

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  • 31 July 2017 08:13, by Paul Chadrack

    who will trust you again thieves, what happened in nile commercial bank is not acceptable any more. in that bank(nile commercial bank) government looted all the hard currencies save by the costumers and force them to take SSP in the central bank rates, who will accept them to loot her/him again?, let the so call thieves government Grieved.

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  • 1 August 2017 13:46, by Resolution

    thieves has no way to steal hard currencies from, the last option is UN agencies and others NGOs those pay their employees in hard currencies to be looted shame on Salva, Makuei and Ateny government

    repondre message

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