Problems of currency exchange
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Lawson, Assion G.F. 1998. Problems of currency exchange. Spore 73. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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Assion G.F. Lawson from the Centre d'application agropastoral de Kovié, Lomé, Togo has written to express his frustration relating to the different currencies in which the books featured on pages 14 and 15 of Spore are sold.'We find it very...
Assion G.F. Lawson from the Centre d'application agropastoral de Kovié, Lomé, Togo has written to express his frustration relating to the different currencies in which the books featured on pages 14 and 15 of Spore are sold. 'We find it very difficult to obtain books which have to be paid for in foreign exchange. The cost can double by the time the bank charges have been paid, even if the transaction is allowed in the first place. I know from experience that I will not be able to order books, even if the price is reasonable. Would it not be possible to look into this and suggest a way of paying that avoids this problem? Obviously CTA cannot send out books willy nilly but it is very frustrating to read about books that we know would be useful to us and yet be unable to obtain them.' Spore: Lack of foreign exchange and the non-convertibility of money are major obstacles to the dissemination of publications and, therefore, access to information. CTA distributes publications of many different kinds to ACP readers but our limited budget means, of course, that we cannot help everyone to the extent they would wish. UNESCO has established a system of coupons which are designed to overcome foreign exchange problems. The coupons have a US dollar value and can be used for publications (including periodicals), audio-visual and scientific materials. In practice, you buy coupons in your local currency and these have a dollar value (at the UN rate). You can then pay for books or other educational or scientific materials with the coupons. The publisher, bookshop or other recipient exchanges the coupons, through UNESCO, for their monetary value. We do not have space here to give you all the details but we suggest that you write to UNESCO Coupons Office, 7 Place de Fontenoy, 75700 Paris, France and they will be able to supply you with further information and an address from where you can purchase coupons in your own country or region.