Salameh Says Can't Use Obligatory Reserve to Finance Trade

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Salameh Says Can't Use Obligatory Reserve to Finance Trade

The Lebanese Central Bank cannot use its obligatory reserve to finance trade once it reaches its minimum threshold, governor Riad Salameh was quoted as saying Tuesday, after an official source said the BDL could only sustain subsidies on basic goods for three months.

In an interview with the French edition of the Saudi-owned Arab News, Salameh also said he supported a proposal by French President Emmanuel Macron to send experts from the French central bank, Bank of France, to audit the BDL.

The BDL's intention is for depositors to recuperate their money, Salameh said, adding that this could take time and he opposed a haircut on depositors.

 

Source: Reuters