Staff Writer 4 August 2017
HARARE – The move by the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) to increase the
current $200m bond notes in the Zimbabwean economy to $500m must be backed
by equivalent amounts of US dollars to help defend the value peg, the NKC
African Economics think-tank has said.
To allay market fears that the introduction of an additional $300m worth
of bond notes signals a possible return of the Zimdollar, RBZ governor
John Mangudya highlighted that the “multi-currency system is here to stay
up until the fundamentals of our own currency have been achieved”. The
governor stated that Harare was currently negotiating with Afreximbank to
secure an additional loan to serve as backing for the $300m note issuance.
“Also, we believe it would be prudent for the RBZ to follow a strategy
characterised by a gradual introduction of additional bond notes.
“This would allow for better control over the money supply while also
giving the apex bank the opportunity to monitor the market’s reaction and
the value of the bond note,” NKC analyst Chantelle Matthee said.