U.S. Concerned About Currency Swaps Between Africa & China


The United States of America on Friday, 14th of September, expressed concern over the continuous currency swap between Africa and China.

Marshall Billingslea, the U.S. Treasury Department’s assistant secretary for terrorist financing, told a congressional hearing that while there was greater interest in using the yuan, most African countries still found it necessary to ultimately clear trade in U.S. dollars.

 “The U.S. is concerned that increased currency swap agreements between China and African nations will reduce visibility into financial transactions and will make it harder to prevent money laundering,” a senior U.S. sanctions official said.

He was responding to questions by Republican Representative Chris Smith, who cited a 2.5 billion dollars currency swap agreement between China and Nigeria to facilitate trade between the two countries, and a meeting of African finance leaders in June that sought to discuss using China’s yuan as a reserve currency for the region.

Mr Billingslea replied, referring to increased currency swap agreements between China and African governments.

“You are very much onto something of great concern to us as well,”

“That said, there remains a great desire among most of the countries in Africa to maintain correspondent banking relationships with U.S. banks.

“At the end of the day they still are finding it necessary to ultimately clear trade in U.S. dollars,” he said.

He said maintaining those correspondent banking ties was,

“Maintaining those correspondent banking ties are our best line of defense to ensure we maintain not just a degree of transparency and visibility into the transactions in Africa but … further to ensure that anti-money laundering standards are being applied.”

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