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Despite Bangladesh Bank Governor’s decision to not raise exchange rate before election, dollar rate hiked again
Bangladesh Bank decided not to bring major changes in the US dollar exchange rate before the upcoming national election. The central bank’s Governor Abdur Rouf Talukder informed of this decision at a meeting with managing directors and CEOs of banks recently. At that meeting, the governor said that Bangladesh Bank will not make any policy changes regarding the dollar market or the foreign currency market before the national election. Despite this decision, the dollar rate has been raised by Tk .50 or 50 paisa in all cases. The price of the dollar has increased to Tk 110 in case of export and expatriates’ income, and to Tk 110.50 in case of import. Read: Selling dollars at higher prices: What is Bangladesh Bank’s action against treasury heads of 10 banks?The dollar rate was hiked again yesterday, which is effective from today. The dollar crisis in the country has become evident since March 2023, following the downturn caused by the Russia-Ukraine war. To deal with this crisis, Bangladesh Bank fixed the dollar price at the beginning. This worsened the crisis. Later, last September, Bangladesh Bank withdrew from determining the price of the dollar. Read: Bangladesh Bank seeks explanations from 13 banks for selling dollars at higher prices This responsibility has been given to the Association of Bankers, Bangladesh (ABB) and Bangladesh Foreign Exchange Dealers’ Association (BAFEDA). Since then the two organizations have been jointly setting the dollar price for export, remittance earnings, and payment of import liabilities. Read more: Dollar goes off kerb market after central bank-led raids of money exchanges
Selling dollars at higher prices: What is Bangladesh Bank’s action against treasury heads of 10 banks?
Bangladesh Bank is working to take disciplinary action against the treasury heads of 10 commercial banks over selling US dollars at prices higher than the fixed rate. The central bank sent letters to these banks mentioning the offence with instructions of punishment. Bangladesh Bank stated in the letter that the treasury chief cannot ignored the responsibility of such offence. Read: Bangladesh Bank assures businesses interest rate won't go too high Banks’ treasury departments handle the demand and supply of money and dollars. In some banks, there is also an officer, of deputy managing director rank, as the head of the treasury department. According to information from various sources, the 10 concerned banks are: Mercantile Bank, Premier Bank, BRAC Bank, Madhumati Bank, Midland Bank, Exim Bank, Social Islami Bank, Al-Arafah Islami Bank, Shahjalal Islami Bank and Trust Bank. Read: Bangladesh Bank relaxes rules for EFPF loan payment Sources said this number of banks may increase. In August last year, Bangladesh Bank removed the heads of the treasury departments of six domestic and foreign banks based on the same complaint. But in the end, the regulatory body could not uphold that decision. Chairman of Association of Bankers, Bangladesh (ABB) and Managing Director (MD) of BRAC Bank, Salim RF Hossain, said that this is a bilateral issue between the central bank and the respective scheduled banks. “Such letters come regularly. Therefore, I do not want to make any specific comments on this issue,” he said. Read: Bangladesh Bank seeks explanations from 13 banks for selling dollars at higher prices