2014 budget targets ‘ambitious’ – analysts

via 2014 budget targets ‘ambitious’ – analysts | The Source  December 20, 2013 

The 2014 national budget targets are ‘too optimistic’ and government could struggle to meet revenue targets because of weakening international mineral prices, analysts said on Friday.

Chinamasa projected that Zimbabwe’s economy would grow by 6.1 percent in 2014, rising to 6.4 percent in 2014, despite the country’s failure to meet its economic targets this year and worsening macro-economic conditions and a disappearing manufacturing sector.

The $4.4 billion budget, he said, would be anchored on the strong recovery of agriculture and the improved performance of the mining and construction sectors, which he said would grow by nine and 11 percent respectively.

There are expectations of significant earning from diamonds after Zimbabwe held its  first ever diamond auction of nearly 280 000 carats in Belgium which ended on Monday, earning $10.4 million.

“It is obvious that the (finance) minister premised his  budget on (earnings from) mining, but why he would do that when mineral prices are going south elsewhere is baffling,” Chamber of Mines and Zimplats chief executive, Alex Mhembere said at a post-budget seminar organised by the Confederation of Zimbabwe Industries.

He later told The Source that the mining industry was still studying the impact of the measures announced by the government.

“There are so many,” he said.

Zimbabwe has eight companies involved in diamond mining in the government-controlled Marange area, with the Government holding 50 percent stakes in seven through the Zimbabwe Mining Development Corporation, while it wholly owns Marange Resources.

In the budget, Chinamasa said government will charge 10 percent royalties on gross diamond sales from 1 January and the mines would also pay an additional 2.5 percent resource depletion levy directly to Treasury, and not to the ZMDC as was the previous case. carats.

Zimbabwe is home to one of the world’s largest diamond fields in the eastern Marange district.

Participants at the CZI seminar noted that the budget provided no incentives for the large industry or financial support, concentrating instead on small-scale enterprises.

“The economy is on the edge,” noted Nestle Zimbabwe managing director, Kumbirai Katsande.

“Zimbabwe is a high cost economy and that needs to be addressed.”

 

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3 comments on “2014 budget targets ‘ambitious’ – analysts
  1. Nyoni says:

    In view of our status in the world arena, the notion that our economy is first world or thereof by Zanu makes one truly believe that Zanu has no idea of simple economics. Before ambitious plans take shape make sure there is enough monies in the coffers. Banks must be regulated and most of all policies that are harming meaningful growth should be curtailed. Zanu is still fighting the Chimurenga aka pre 1980. This is 2013 and the world has moved forward Zanu . Your time has come and gone so one CAN NOT GO IT ALONE AT LEAST TAKE ADVICE FROM THOSE THAT ARE IN THE KNOW.

  2. Jrr56 says:

    They base it all on what they think they are going to rake in from indigenisation. Based on they are not going to line their pockets again. Based on one of Aesop’s fables that this time the leopard will change it’s spots.

  3. Chara says:

    Everything ZANU PF touches turns to dust.

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