Dhaka, Bangladesh (BBN)-The central bank of Bangladesh purchased US$ 30 million more from two commercial banks on Wednesday aiming to help keep the inter-bank foreign exchange (forex) market stable.
“The central bank is purchasing the US dollars from the banks at market to protect the interest of the exporters and migrant workers by keeping the exchange rate of the local currency against the greenback stable,” a senior official at the Bangladesh Bank (BB) told BBN in Dhaka.
The US dollar was quoted at BDT 77.80 in the inter-bank forex market, unchanged from the previous level, market operators said.
He also said the central bank may continue purchasing the US dollar from the banks in line with the market requirement.
A total of $ 3.22 billion was bought from the commercial banks between July 2 and May 27 of the ongoing fiscal year as part of the BB’s intervention in the market, the BB data showed.
The country’s foreign exchange reserve rose to $ 23.72 billion on Wednesday from $ 23.70 billion of the previous day following the US dollar purchase.