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Historical Move: UK Avails $100m Loan to Zim in 20 Years

Harare - In a positive move that will thaw sour relations between Zimbabwe and UK, after the British government advanced a $100 million sof...

Harare - In a positive move that will thaw sour relations between Zimbabwe and UK, after the British government advanced a $100 million soft loan to Harare to ease perennial cash crisis. 

The positive move announced by President Emmerson Mnangagwa, comes as Zimbabwe is set to return to the Commonwealth, after year of isolation during the Robert Mugabe era.

“For the first time after nearly 20 years, we have received a soft loan from the British of $100 million and the (RBZ) Governor (Dr John Mangudya) has been telling me how he has disbursed the money and as from yesterday almost every single bank in the country had received part of the $100 million received.

“We believe that this will go towards easing cash shortages, but not only that, there are so many other sources which I would want the Minister of Finance to best articulate as to how we are fighting the issue of cash shortages.

“We do not delight in seeing our people sleeping on queues for cash. That is not necessary and that is not proper and this is as a result that we do not have our own currency.”
Cash Crisis has Dogged Zimbabwe for a While

Minister Chinamasa explained the genesis of the cash shortages.

“First we do not have a currency of our own. We use a hard currency as a medium of exchange. We use US dollars to import US dollars from the Federal Reserve of the United States and sometimes we decide that instead of importing US dollars we would rather import fuel and electricity using the foreign currency that we have.

“The major problem that we have is that the US dollar is the medium of exchange where do we get it? We get it from exports, we get it from Diaspora remittances, we get it from lines of credit and Foreign Direct Investment (FDI). 

“But because of the challenges we are facing, we are not getting much FDI as we should and indications are that it is going to improve as we go into the future but currently that is not so,” said Minister Chinamasa.

President Mnangagwa yesterday said disbursement of the $100 million loan facility availed by Britain and the Standard Chartered Bank had started and banks were among the first beneficiaries as Government moves to ease cash shortages.

The President disclosed this while interacting with women’s organisations at a Harare hotel. The country has been facing cash shortages manifesting in long queues at banking halls. - Online Sources

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