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Sudan's Central Bank floats currency

Sudanese bank bills on 20 December 2017 [Alex Huguet/AFP/Getty Images]
Sudanese bank bills on 20 December 2017 [Alex Huguet/AFP/Getty Images]

Sudan's Central Bank said Sunday it had partially floated the currency and announced a new regime to unify the official and black market exchange rates, Anadolu Agency reports.

In a statement, the bank said the "decision aims to unify and stabilize the exchange rate, transfer resources from the parallel market to the official market, and attract remittances from Sudanese working abroad through formal channels."

The decision is intended to grant the Central Bank full powers to intervene to stabilize the exchange rate if the limits it sets are exceeded.

The bank said the move aims to attract foreign investments and normalize relations with regional and international financing institutions in order to attract grants and loans and encourage producers, exporters, and the private sector with a suitable exchange rate.

"Unifying the exchange rate will limit the smuggling of goods and currency, and fill in the gaps to prevent speculators from taking advantage of the gap between the official and black market rates," the bank said.

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Sudan's economy has been crippled by years of US sanctions, mismanagement, and civil war.

Sudanese authorities have announced curfews in several regions in recent days to contain protests of worsening economic conditions characterized by inflation and shortages of basic commodities.

Last week, official data showed that annual inflation rose to 304.33% in January from 269.33% a month earlier.

In the statement, the Central Bank said it reconsidered all economic policies to help achieve economic stability.

The dollar was exchanged for 375 Sudanese pounds on the black market as of Saturday compared to the official rate of 55 pounds.

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