ANNOUNCEMENT 27 Oct 2009

In October 2009, the government of South Africa announced a rule change for commercial cross-border financial flows.

NUMBER OF INTERVENTIONS

1

  • 0 harmful
  • 0 neutral
  • 1 liberalising

SOURCE



Exchange Control Circular No. 13/2009: http://www.zeridium.com/pdf/SARB%20Exchange%20control%20Circular%20No.%2013-2009.pdf
WTO-UNCTAD-OECD Second Report on G20 Trade and Investment Measures, September 2009 to February 2010: http://www.oecd.org/daf/inv/investment-policy/44739159.pdf


Inception date: 27 Oct 2009 | Removal date: open ended
Still in force

Controls on commercial transactions and investment instruments

On 27 October 2009, the South African Reserve Bank issued Exchange Control Circular No. 13/2009 that liberalised exchange controls. The circular proposes reforms to reduce red tape by, among others:

  • Allowing South African companies to invest in Southern African Development Community member states through offshore intermediaries;
  • Increasing tenfold the current limit for outward investment, from 50 million rand (US$ 4.86 million) to 500 million rand (US$ 48.65 million);
  • Removing the requirement for companies to convert their foreign exchange into rand - but the obligation to repatriate export proceeds remains for South African companies;
  • Allowing South African companies to open foreign bank accounts without prior approval;
  • Replacing the paper-based system of export monitoring by an electronic one.

In addition, individuals are allowed to hold more foreign capital, and some restrictions on access to domestic credit by foreigners have been removed.

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