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Banks to Sell Forex at Market Rates as Mthuli Throws in the Towel

This will most likely be the death of the Zimbabwe dollar which had already been in free fall over the past few months.

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Banks to sell forex at market rates as Mthuli throws in the towel.

In a u-turn from the previous years policy of maintaining strict control and supervision of the exchange rate by the the monetary authorities, the Minister of Finance has thrown in the towel and let market forces determine the exchange rate.

This move is expected to ease the foreign currency shortages but will most likely be the death of the Zimbabwe dollar which had already been in free fall over the past few months. Read the statement below for more:

The MPC noted that the prevailing volatility in the exchange rate emanated from both supply and demand side tactors. Ihe supply siade factors rerlected the transitory value-preservation demand for foiea in the economy. In order to complement the measures announced by Government, the MPC resolved as follows:

Supply Side Measures

The following measures shall be implemented to address supply side foreign currency constraints:

With effect from 7 June 2023, the Bank shall sell foreign currency at the market-determined exchange rate through banks to support and strengthen the foreign exchange interbank market, and banks shall in turn sell the foreign currency to their customers.

This measure is calculated to ensure that the interbank forex market is the primary source for foreign exchange needs in the economy and that the foreign exchange auction system shall continue to operate for meeting smaller requirements for foreign payments and for continuous price discovery.

Thus, in order to ensure that the interbank forex market is self-financing the 90-day liquidation requirement on export proceeds will fall away.

The current interbank maximum trading limits shall be reviewed upwards from US$100 000 to US$500 000, consistent with the current auction limits;

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 iii. The main and MSME auction will be merged under the US$5 million per week policy, with bid limits of a minimum of US$1 500 and a maximum of US$50 000; and

iv. The trading margins charged by banks on foreign exchange transactions will be aligned with international best practices.

 Demand Side Measures

To address the demand side factors, the MPC resolved to adopt the following measures:

 i. Increasing the Bank policy rate from 140% to 150% per annum, in response to the recent increase in inflation;

 ii. Increasing the Medium-term Bank Accommodation (MBA) interest rate from 70% to 75% per annum; and

 iii. Increasing the Statutory Reserve Requirements on local currency demand and call deposits from 10% to 15%, while maintaining savings and time deposit requirements at 5%.

The Bank remains committed to continuing with the curent tight monetary policy to restore and sustain the exchange rate and inflation stability.

The issuance of gold backed digital tokens to augment physical gold coins as a value preservation instrument has gone a long way in mopping up excess liquidity from the market. To date, the Bank has sold to the market ZW$31.8 billion and zws35.2 billion worth of gold coins and gold-backed digital tokens, respectively.

The rolling out of digital tokens for transactional purposes in the second phase, which is projected to commence during the month of June 2023, will buttress the current stabilisation measures.


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