Portfolio Investment in Nigeria - Re: Amendment of Memorandum 21 of the Foreign Exchange Manual

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Friday, September 02, 2016 1:32pm / CBN

In the continued effort to encourage portfolio investment in Nigeria, Resident Nigerian nationals and/or companies who in flowed foreign currency through an Authorised Dealer are henceforth allowed to invest such funds in money market instruments, bonds and equities.

Accordingly, the provision of Memorandum 21 of the Foreign Exchange Manual on the subject is hereby amended as follows:

“A resident/non-resident Nigerian national and/or entities and foreign national or entity may invest in Nigeria by way of purchase of money market instruments such as commercial papers, negotiable certificates of deposits, bankers acceptances, treasury bills, etc subject to the following documentation requirments”.

a.      Tested SWIFT message evidencing the remittance of funds;

Board resolution of the local beneficiary authorizing the investment ( in the case of a company);

Purpose of capital importation specified in the SWIFT message

Evidence of incorporation where applicable

Procedure for Resident/Non-Resident Nigerian Nationals and Companies Investing in Portfolio Investment

i.                    The prospective investor appoints a local bank or broker as an agent to purchase the instruments

ii.                 The funds for the investment are transferred electronically to a designated bank

iii.               On receipt of the funds, the bank issues the investor with a Certificate of Capital Importation within 24 hours

iv.                Authorized Dealer shall keep separate records of the investment and render returns to CBN in format that will be advised from time to time

v.                  With the certificate, the investor through the bank or broker enters the market; invests in any instrument of his choice;

vi.                If at any point in time the investor wants to divest, he shall go back to the bank with the following documents:-

a.      Certificate of Capital Importation

b.      Evidence of redemption of the money market instrument.

For the avoidance of doubt, only funds inflowed through Authorized Dealer by resident/non-resident Nigerian nationals and companies specifically for the purpose of investment shall be eligible.

Consequently, balances on exports domiciliary and ordinary accounts shall not be eligible for the investment.

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