RBZ Foreign Currency Auction Results: 20/07/2021

The Zimbabwe dollar further weakened against the US dollar on the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) foreign currency (forex) auction conducted on Tuesday 20 June 2021.

Last week the weighted average was US$1: ZWL$85.5099, falling to US$1: ZWL$85.6372 this week.

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This week, US$8.7 million was allocated to the Small to Medium Enterprises forex auction while US$37.3 million was allocated to the main forex auction.

In total, US$46 million was allotted this week, with the bulk of the allotment going to raw materials followed by machinery and equipment.

588 bids were received on the Small to Medium enterprises forex auction, with 544 accepted and 44 disqualified.

On the main forex auction, a total of 402 bids were received, 370 were accepted while 32 were disqualified.

The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) said bids that were disqualified were not eligible in terms of the Priority List.

Bids with overdue CDIs, outstanding Bills of Entry (BOEs), and those with sufficient FCA balances were also disqualified.

Some bids were allotted on a pro-rata basis to conform with the Import Priority List, the RBZ said. Below is the RBZ summary of the forex auction:

SMEFX47/2021MAIN FX53/2021
Number of Bids Received :588402
Number of Bids Disqualified :4432
Total Number of Bids Accepted :544370
Total Number of Bids Allotted :544370
Total Value of Bids Accepted :USD8,733,042.62USD37,295,634.31
Amount Allotted :USD8,733,042.62USD37,295,634.31
Highest Rate Received :90.000090.0000
Lowest Bid Rate Received :82.000082.0000
Lowest Bid Rate Allotted :82.000082.0000
Weighted Average Rate :85.6373
Raw Materials2,027,591.7315,100,167.36
Machinery and Equipment2,014,127.799,539,708.98
Consumables (Incl. Spares, Tyres, Electricals, etc)1,984,305.333,104,800.09
Services (Loans, Education, Dividends, Disinvestments, etc)606,061.45911,998.04
Retail and Distribution (Incl. Food, Beverages, etc)968,244.793,713,743.57
Fuel, Electricity and Gas278,492.741,748,127.88
Pharmaceuticals and Chemicals563,690.772,449,332.18
Paper and Packaging290,528.02727,756.21


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