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JAMAICA | Forex: J$127.61 to one US dollar

KINGSTON, Jamaica — The US dollar on Monday, October 23, ended trading at J$127.61 down by 17 cents according to the Bank of Jamaica's daily foreign exchange trading summary.

Meanwhile, the Canadian dollar ended trading at J$101.44 down from J$101.70 while the British pound sterling ended trading at J$166.91 down from J$168.55.

The Jamaican dollar made modest gains In the foreign exchange trading on Friday to close 3 cents better to purchase one US dollar than on Thursday on a day that saw C$76,397,101 being sold (US$60,805,327 equivalent) at J$101.70 versus J$102.76 on Thursday.

Dealers sold US$39.51 million at $127.78 at the close of trading up from US$33.81 million at $127.81 on Thursday. US currency purchases, amounted to just US$31.08 million on Friday, at an average rate of $126.73 compared to Thursday, with US$48.97 million at $127.99.

At Midday, dealers bought US$13,372,228 at J$127.31 and sold US$11,367,821 at J$127.74 compared to the selling rate of J$127.77 at midday on Thursday.

In the meantime, The present arrangement where Bank of Jamaica requires foreign exchange dealers to surrender around 25 percent of their daily intake is to be phased out.
The central bank now considers the market deep and liquid enough for government entities to go directly into the market for their needs.

According to the Bank of Jamaica, “the introduction of the buying side of B-FXITT will be synchronized with the gradual reduction of surrender and PSE requirements, and over time, these requirements will be terminated. This gradual transition will see more funds available in a more dynamic and transparent market.”

Starting July 26, the central bank formally introduced an auction system for foreign exchange trading. The initial stage is the introduction of selling of funds to the market.

Bank of Jamaica (BOJ) currently purchases foreign exchange via three channels: regular surrender arrangements, the public sector entity (PSE) facility, and occasional direct purchases from individual financial institutions.

The PSE facility in particular was considered a useful initiative to remove potentially distorting transactions from the foreign exchange market, but the central bank states that it is not flexible or synchronized enough to respond proportionately if a large entity experiences a sudden change in its foreign exchange needs.

The BOJ says that “with economic fundamentals improving and the foreign exchange market growing deeper, Jamaica is evolving towards a stage where the market is robust enough to handle these transactions without BOJ’s protection, and so these government agencies can freely settle their transactions in the market without causing disruptions. The market will therefore become more accurate and transparent by reflecting all major transactions, and daily rates will be a more accurate and credible reference of overall market activity.”

  • Countries: Jamaica