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CBN begins automated reserve management

Posted by By SEUN ADESIDA on 2008/03/14 | Views: 575 |

CBN begins automated reserve management


The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) on Tuesday started the deployment of Wallstreet Suite to manage the country’s growing foreign reserve now put at $58.3billion.

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) on Tuesday started the deployment of Wallstreet Suite to manage the country’s growing foreign reserve now put at $58.3billion.

Mr Lamido Yuguda, deputy director of reserve management and foreign operations at CBN, said:

“Wallstreet's successful implementation track record and extensive central bank experience were highly compelling factors when making the final selection decision.

Not only does this solution promise a low total cost of ownership, but it will also help us make better-informed decisions and optimize returns. The deployment will begin immediately.”

He revealed that as part of CBN's new reserve management strategy Wallstreet Suite, once implemented, will automate its reserve management operations, while monitoring and managing both risk and performance. This will involve generating the official records of all international monetary reserve investment operations at CBN, from trade entry to payments and receipts.

The solution, Yuguda explained, will also be used to maintain an audit of all transactions.
"By opting for a single, fully integrated solution to support its foreign reserve instruments and operations, CBN will reduce its overall level of risk and complexity.

This is increasingly important as its reserves continue to rise and the bank expands its investment portfolio," said Gavin Style, managing director of sales and client services at Wallstreet, adding: "Our technology will deliver efficiency to the bank's reserve management operations, enabling it to thrive in a quickly evolving African market."
Style emphasized that Wallstreet Suite is a fully integrated front, middle and back office solution.

It will be used to maintain CBN's positions for total international monetary reserves at aggregate and segmented levels, as well as establish benchmarks, daily implied resources and performance projections. The solution will generate risk measurements for CBN and facilitate scenario analysis, strategies and return simulations.

Additionally, it will provide revenue and expenditure projections.
Wall Street Systems (Wallstreet), the global provider of treasury, trading and settlement solutions and services, is expected to provide portfolio management system to automate CBN’s reserve management processes. Nigeria’s CBN, Africa's second largest central bank, needed an integrated platform to create consistencies throughout the organisation and enable transparency and control over its growing reserves.

The apex bank, until now has been under sustained criticism over its management processes of the foreign reserve. The new development is expected to put to rest the issues about efficient management of the foreign reserve, a top official of the apex bank said.

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