We will start selling currencies from TuesdayEconomy Minister Alejandro Gil announced during a state television broadcast.
This measure aims to
build a forex market in the country
which allows a legal exchange of moneywhich in turn will increase the purchasing power associated with the national currency, Gil said.
A significant part of the Cuban population receives dollars – sent by relatives living abroad or from services rendered to tourists visiting the island – which they then exchange most often on the black market, and which therefore pass completely alongside the official economy.
With the intention of extracting the circulation of these currencies from the black market, the President of the Central Bank Marta Sabina Wilson announced on August 4 that banks and exchange offices would now buy dollars at the rate of 120 pesos per greenback. , that of informal exchanges at the beginning of August, against 24 pesos for the official rate.
According to the President of the Central Bank, Marta Sabina Wilson, this measure had
a favorable outcome. In twenty days, financial institutions have
bought ten times more currency than they would have bought in a month with the exchange rate at 24 pesosdid she say.
For the sale of dollars,
the exchange rate taken into account is maintained at 120 pesosshe clarified.
The American currency has soared on the black market since the implementation in Cuba, in January 2021, of an economic reform fixing the rate of the dollar at 24 pesos, and the suspension last June of the sale of dollars to population due to lack of cash.
The sale of dollars reserved for citizens
Only branches of Cadeca, the official Cuban exchange offices, will be authorized to sell dollars, and they
will only sell what they have boughtsaid Ms. Wilson.
The sale of dollars will also be reserved for citizens, and not for small and medium-sized businesses, she said. And the acquisition will be limited to 100 dollars per person.
On Monday, the black market rate was 140 pesos to the dollar, but Gil said he was determined to maintain the 120 peso rate for state purchases and sales.
We are going to defend the exchange rate of 120. We are going to find a way for the State, which is now participating in sales operations, to be able to defend this ratehe said.
Cuba is currently going through its worst economic crisis in thirty years, with a growing shortage of food, medicine and fuel, due to the consequences of the coronavirus pandemic and the tightening of the United States economic embargo.