On July 16, 2020, the meeting of the "Experts Group on Financial Inclusion Policy" (EGFIP) of the Latin America and the Caribbean Initiative (FILAC) took place through a virtual meeting. This meeting was supposed to be held physically in Suriname, but because of the COVID-19 pandemic, it took place virtually.

FILAC is the platform for institutions that are members of the Alliance for Financial Inclusion (AFI) in the Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) to share and support their policies and regulatory frameworks related to financial inclusion development. The topics discussed during this meeting are: MSMEs, Gender and Digital Financial Services.

Mr. Norbert Mumba, Deputy Executive Director of AFI made the opening statement on behalf of AFI. In his opening speech, he emphasized the importance of digital financial services during the COVID-19 pandemic that the world is now in, especially for vulnerable groups such as Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises and women.

Mr. William Orie, Deputy Governor for Monetary and Economic Affairs, delivered the opening speech on behalf of the Governor of the Central Bank of Suriname. Mr. Orie indicated, among other things, that Suriname was also affected by the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. Digital financial services have also become indispensable for Suriname, in particular for making financial products and services available to the community, in particular residents in remote areas. The Central Bank of Suriname has already taken various steps to improve this and further stimulate it. Cherida Pollack-Hoogvliets of the International Relations Department also shared a PowerPoint presentation on the topic “Suriname's Journey on Financial Inclusion”.

Furthermore, during the meeting, the various Central Banks in the region provided an update on their COVID-19 crisis responses and policy solutions for MSMEs, among others, with a specific focus on digital financial services, SME financing and gender inclusive financing.

On July 17, AFI will provide a Public Private Development Training in collaboration with MasterCard. The aim of this training is to share insights on how to promote digital financial inclusion of MSMEs through technology, education and partnerships.

 

Photo 1 and 2: Deputy Governor, William Orie during the opening speech.

 

Photo 3: Cherida Pollack-Hoogvliet (left) and Vanessa D'Costa-Chehin (right) of the International Relations Department participated as well.

Exchange RatesMarch 09th and until further notice

Currency Buying Selling
USD 14,018 14,290
EUR 16,628 16,959
GBP 19,396 19,782
ANG 7,699 7,852
AWG 7,784 7,939
BRL 2,438 2,485
TTD 2,063 2,103
BBD 6,907 7,044
XCD 5,190 5,293
PER 100 GYD 6,657 6,790

Gold CertificatesMarch 09th and until further notice

Coupon SRD
5 gram 7.814,97
10 gram 15.629,94
50 gram 78.149,69
100 gram 156.299,39
500 gram 781.496,94
1000 gram 1562993,88
Gold LME: USD 1.701,00 /tr.oz.

Inflation

    Average End-of-period
2013   1.9 0.6
2014   3.4 3.9
2015   6.9 25.1
2016   55.5 52.4
2017   22.0  9.2 
2018   6.8# 5.4 
2019   4.4#  4.2 
2020   34.9 60.8
2021   59.1  60.7 
2022   52.4 54.6
       
2021   Month-to-month Year-to-year
Jan   2.6 63.8
Feb   1.3 61.9
Mar   2.1 50.4
Apr   3.5 44.4
May   4.2 43.6
Jun   10.8 54.0
Jul   5.7 58.9
Aug   11.6 74.4
Sep   1.3 69.5
Oct   1.5 60.6
Nov   3.3 63.4
Dec   1.3 60.7
       
2022   Month-to-month Year-to-year
Jan   3.1 61.5
Feb   1.7 62.1
Mar   2.2 62.2
Apr   1.9 59.8
May   2.7 57.5
Jun   9.1 55.1
Jul   1.7 49.2
Aug   4.0 39.1
Sep   3.3 41.9
Oct   6.5 49.0
Nov   3.7 49.5
Dec*   4.7 54.6

*) Preliminary figures

# 10-months inflation (Computations without data for May and June)

 

Weighted Average RatesFebruary 03 - 10:00h (Transfers)

Currency Buying Selling
USD 32.192 32.376
EUR 33.387 35.081
GBP 39.616 40.392
ANG 17.688 18.035
AWG 17.884 18.235
BRL 6.448 6.574
TTD 4.746 4.839
BBD 15.869 16.180
XCD 11.923 12.157
PER 100 GYD 15.297 15.597
CNY 4.788 4.882

Weighted Average RatesFebruary 03 - 10:00h (Banknotes)

Currency Buying Selling
USD 32.133 32.464
EUR 33.263 33.500
GBP 39.543 40.326
ANG 17.655 18.005
AWG 17.852 18.205
BRL 6.436 6.564
TTD 4.737 4.831
BBD 15.840 16.154
XCD 11.901 12.137
PER 100 GYD 15.269 15.571
CNY 4.779 4.874

Gold CertificatesFebruary 03

Coupon SRD
5 gram 20.002,68
10 gram 40.005,36
50 gram 200.026,81
100 gram 400.053,63
500 gram 2.000.268,15
1000 gram 4.000.536,30
Gold LBMA USD 1.921,65 /tr.oz.

Weighted Average Accepted
OMO Rate

Auction ID Auction Date Rate (%)
CBTD230201-1W 2023-02-01 47,9
CBTD230125-1W 2023-01-25 49,4
CBTD230118-1W 2023-01-18 59,7
CBTD230111-1W 2023-01-11 73,9

Standing Lending Facility Interest Rate

Auction ID Auction Date Rate (%)
CBTD230201-1W 2023-02-01 57,5
CBTD230125-1W 2023-01-25 59,3
CBTD230118-1W 2023-01-18 71,6
CBTD230111-1W 2023-01-11 88,7
Balance sheet

Inflation

    Average End-of-period
2013   1.9 0.6
2014   3.4 3.9
2015   6.9 25.1
2016   55.5 52.4
2017   22.0  9.2 
2018   6.8# 5.4 
2019   4.4#  4.2 
2020   34.9 60.8
2021   59.1  60.7 
2022   52.4 54.6
       
2021   Month-to-month Year-to-year
Jan   2.6 63.8
Feb   1.3 61.9
Mar   2.1 50.4
Apr   3.5 44.4
May   4.2 43.6
Jun   10.8 54.0
Jul   5.7 58.9
Aug   11.6 74.4
Sep   1.3 69.5
Oct   1.5 60.6
Nov   3.3 63.4
Dec   1.3 60.7
       
2022   Month-to-month Year-to-year
Jan   3.1 61.5
Feb   1.7 62.1
Mar   2.2 62.2
Apr   1.9 59.8
May   2.7 57.5
Jun   9.1 55.1
Jul   1.7 49.2
Aug   4.0 39.1
Sep   3.3 41.9
Oct   6.5 49.0
Nov   3.7 49.5
Dec*   4.7 54.6

*) Preliminary figures

# 10-months inflation (Computations without data for May and June)