Sudan says to circulate new currency this month

By REUTERS
July 16, 2011 15:36

KHARTOUM - Sudan's central bank said on Saturday it would begin circulating a new currency this month after South Sudan said it planned to create a currency of its own.

South Sudan, which declared independence on July 9 under a 2005 peace deal that ended decades of civil war, said on Monday it would begin circulating its previously announced South Sudan pound in the coming week, pegging it one-to-one with Sudan's existing pound .

Sudanese Central Bank Governor Mohamed Kheir al-Zubeir, asked when the north's new currency would go into circulation, told reporters in Khartoum, "Before the end of this month."

He added that the replacement of currency would take "maybe two to three months. We have good experience in that."


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