Zimbabwe dollar falls by $3 against the US dollar as offers surpass $100 mark


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The Zimbabwe dollar today fell by $3 against the United States dollar to average $93.0810 down from last week’s $90.0792.

Offers also broke the $100 mark with the highest offer at $105 while the lowest was $88.50 but the lowest bid allotted was $90.

A total of 1 745 bids were allotted US$47.7 million with 1 243 small and medium enterprises getting US$11 million and 502 large firms getting US$36.7 million.

There has been some harsh words between business and government over the skyrocketing black market rate but treasury secretary George Guvamatanga said this is going to be rectified as the country has enough foreign currency reserves to meet its requirements.

Zimbabwe has about US$3 billion circulating in the country.

Government has blamed business for speculative behaviour which saw the local currency plunge to $200 to the United States dollar on the black market against the auction rate which was $88.555 at the time. It has arrested a number of firms and individuals for illegal foreign currency dealings leading business to accuse government of being heavy handed.

The Zimbabwe dollar has fallen by $5.41 against the United States dollar since the beginning of this month.

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Charles Rukuni
The Insider is a political and business bulletin about Zimbabwe, edited by Charles Rukuni. Founded in 1990, it was a printed 12-page subscription only newsletter until 2003 when Zimbabwe's hyper-inflation made it impossible to continue printing.

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