The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has mandated all existing Bureau de Change (BDC) operators to reapply for new operational licenses under updated regulatory guidelines.

    In the recently released document titled Regulatory and Supervisory Guidelines for Bureau De Change Operations in Nigeria, the CBN outlined the requirements that all BDCs must meet to continue operations. “All existing BDCs shall reapply for a new license according to any of the tiers or license category of their choice as provided in the guidelines,” stated the CBN.

    Starting June 3, BDC operators have six months to comply with the new minimum capital requirements. “All existing BDCs shall meet the minimum capital requirements for the license category applied for within six (6) months from the effective date of the guidelines,” the document emphasized.

    Key Changes and Requirements

    The new guidelines introduce two tiers of BDC operations, each with specific capital requirements and fees. For Tier 1 BDC operators, the minimum capital requirement is set at N2 billion. Additionally, there is a non-refundable application fee of N1 million and a non-refundable license fee of N5 million.

    For Tier 2 BDC operators, the minimum capital requirement is N500 million. The associated non-refundable application fee is N250,000, with a non-refundable license fee of N2 million.

    The CBN’s directive aims to streamline and strengthen the BDC sector, ensuring better compliance and financial stability. “This Guidelines supersede the Revised Operational Guidelines for Bureau De Change in Nigeria issued in November 2015 and all related circulars and directives. The Guidelines take effect from June 3, 2024,” stated the CBN document.

    Broader Implications

    This move is part of the CBN’s broader strategy to enhance regulatory oversight and stability in Nigeria’s financial sector. The apex bank’s focus on maintaining rigorous standards reflects its commitment to a robust and transparent foreign exchange market.

    Industry stakeholders and financial analysts have welcomed the new guidelines, noting that they could help curb illegal financial activities and enhance the integrity of the foreign exchange market. As Nigeria continues to navigate economic challenges, these regulatory updates are seen as a crucial step toward a more resilient and trustworthy financial system.

    For further details, stakeholders and interested parties can refer to the full publication available on the CBN’s official website. The document provides comprehensive insights into the new regulatory framework and the specific requirements for BDC operations in Nigeria.

    These developments highlight the ongoing efforts by Nigerian financial institutions to adapt to changing economic conditions and regulatory landscapes. As the June 3 deadline approaches, BDC operators are urged to prepare for the transition to ensure compliance and continued operation under the new guidelines.