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AFP
January 14, 2018

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Morocco to begin dirham liberalisation

Rabat: Morocco will start a gradual and controlled liberalisation of its currency the dirham from Monday, Prime Minister Saad-Eddine Al-Othmani said after a cabinet meeting.

The North African country has had a fixed exchange rate regime for the dirham since the 1970s. It is pegged to the euro and the dollar.

Othmani spoke to AFP on Friday after a cabinet meeting during which the long-expected decision was taken.

The process of moving towards what the authorities call a "flexible exchange rate" had been expected to begin in July after a recommendation by the International Monetary Fund.

But the move was delayed with the government arguing that it needed more time to study the procedure.

Officials have stressed that there would be no devaluation of the dirham. The finance ministry said in a statement on Friday that Bank Al-Maghrib, the country´s central bank, will "continue to intervene on the exchange market to ensure liquidity".

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