Treasury & FX in Bangladesh, Pakistan and Sri Lanka

Treasury & FX in Bangladesh, Pakistan and Sri Lanka

Call date: 27th Nov 2019

The discussion covered Funding, FX, Cash Repatriation, Hedging and Optimising local cash.

This call was chaired by Nick Franck, whose commentary appears below.

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Chairman’s commentary

  • Bureaucracy – continues to be a problem & cash repatriation is particularly complex.
  • Hedging is expensive
  • Although the FX market has improved recently- it is still hard to get the allocation you need.
  • Many companies are using a number of local banks (mostly for collections) and a couple of international banks
  • It is possible to sweep from local bank accounts into main header accounts – but the system isn’t always reliable
  • E Bills (Official name is Ebillspay, it leverages the NIBSS Instant Payment (NIP) platform) & NIBBS (Nigeria Interbank Settlement System, actually the Fund sweeping Service provided by NIBSS) are an option, but still has implementation glitches and it doesn’t work for all banks
  • The requirement to provide biometric data for the opening of bank accounts – in person – at Nigerian embassies is highly problematic for some companies

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