THE Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) foreign currency allotments yesterday increased to US$43 million amid sustained productivity inclined priorities. Previous allotments were averaging US$32-33 million since the inception of the foreign currency auction and now an extra jump of US$ 10 million dollars has been allotted.
An update released at the close of trading shows that a grand total of US$42,5 million was allotted to the combined main and small to medium enterprises auctions, against US$41,6 million allotted last week.
The main auction was allotted a total of US$36,3 million with raw materials being allotted US$14 million, machinery and equipment US$6,6 million, consumables US$3,2 million, services US$3,8 million, retail and distribution US$3,4 million, fuel, electricity, and gas US$1,2 million, pharmaceuticals US$2,7 million, paper and packaging US$1 million.
The SME auction received a total of US$6,1 million with raw materials being allotted US$1,4 million, machinery and equipment US$1,3 million, consumables US$1,2 million services US$400 000, retail and distribution US$71 000, fuel, electricity, and gas US$237 187 and pharmaceuticals receiving US$432 355.
The official exchange rate remained stable at $84.65 against US$1.