1057 GMT February 22, 2020
The CBI said in a statement that the Structured Currency Market will open as of August 12, concurrent with a major religious festival, adding that the exchange mechanism would lead to more transparency in foreign currencies rates, reported Press TV.
It said the decision came after a meeting between CBI Governor Abdolnasser Hemmati and senior officials supervising the scheme.
Preparations for the launch of the market began earlier this year after the government ordered the CBI to formulate a system where major money exchangers, either official or unofficial, can buy their required currencies directly from the central bank.
The scheme seeks to influence the unofficial currency market by helping control the prices of major foreign currencies.
The government had hoped it could start the exchange system in March this year to prevent a further fall in the price of the Iranian rial against the US dollar.
However, the CBI announcement comes amid a slight rebound for the rial as the currency has regained around 13 percent of its value against the dollar since its surge began two weeks ago.
Senior officials have repeatedly asserted that the government seeks no direct intervention in the currency market despite opposite claims saying that the CBI has been selling its foreign currencies to compensate for the income lost due to American sanctions on Iran’s oil export.
Hemmati expressed hope on Saturday that the Structured Currency Market could help stabilize the prices of foreign currencies in a realistic way.