MONROVIA, LIBERIA-The Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) says it will begin introducing the new Liberian Dollar currency starting with the 100 Liberian Dollar banknote, in the tune of four-billion Liberian Dollars next month.
This amount, according to a release issued Friday, November 12,2021, is intended to increase Liberian Dollar liquidity in the economy during the festive season.
A second consignment of four-billion Liberian Dollars of the new family of100 Liberian banknote will be brought into the country during the 1st Quarter of 2022.
However, CBL said it will continue to educate the public on the introduction of the new 100 Liberian banknote.
The new100 banknote is part of the 48.734 Liberian billion of the new family of Liberian Dollar currency authorized by the 54th National Legislature in May 2021, to be printed in three years beginning 2021, 2022 and 2024.
“The introduction of the new currency will be done in line with the Implementation Plan of the Currency Changeover, developed in consultation with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), to ensure a gradual, smooth and transparent process”, the release added.
It said the introduction of the remaining L$100 banknote and other denominations, including the L$20, L$50, L$500 and L$1000 banknotes, and the L$5 and L$10 coins is due to take place in the latter half of 2022.
The CBL release also revealed that the destruction of the old banknotes will be done through an enhanced internal control and transparent process, to ensure full accountability to all stakeholders.
The release further indicated” “As the Bank rolls out the implementation plan, it recognizes the importance of all stakeholders in ensuring that the Currency Changeover process remains on course to support financial stability, and by extension macroeconomic stability”.
The Bank wants to reassure the public that it will continue to provide updates on the delivery and infusion of the new family of Liberian Dollar banknotes and coins, as well as the withdrawal and destruction of the old banknotes.
The Bank informs the public that there is no need for panic or rush as it rolls out the plan.
During the process, the Bank further informs the public that the existing and new banknotes will be allowed to co-circulate for a period of time and will ensure that every existing Liberian dollar in circulation is exchanged between 2022 and 2024.
The CBL will continue its public education program on the introduction of the new L$100 banknote. More information on the specimen of the new L$100 banknote is available on the CBL website at www.cbl.org.lr.
The other denominations to be introduced later will be published on the CBL website.