ISLAMABAD: To stabilise the dollar exchange rate against Pakistani rupee, the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) will provide money exchange companies and scheduled banks with a large sum of dollars, Express News reported on Monday.
The move comes as a result of orders from Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, who had asked the SBP to address the issue of frequently fluctuating dollar rates.
The country has witnessed a steep rise in dollar rates vis-a-vis the rupee, with the dollar moving from Rs99.58 at the start of the current fiscal year to around Rs108 at present.
The increase in dollar rate makes imports, repayment of foreign loans and interest payments more expensive.
The country’s official foreign exchange reserves had plunged to $3.463 billion on November 22, the lowest level in almost 12 years.
Pakistan has recently made another payment of $396 million to the IMF on November 26, which have brought the reserves even below the $3 billion mark.