JUST IN: Businesses using black market rate to be blitzed

Source: JUST IN: Businesses using black market rate to be blitzed | Herald (Business)

Herald Reporter
Businesses indexing their Zimbabwe dollar prices to black market exchange rates instead of auction rate will be hunted down next week as Government launches a blitz on this practice, starting with larger businesses, Finance and Economic Development Deputy Minister Clemence Chiduwa said yesterday.

Responding in the National Assembly to Midlands Proportional Representation, Cde Perseverance Zhou (Zanu PF), had asked what Government was doing to reign in businesses that were indexing prices to parallel market rates, Deputy Minister Chiduwa said a committee comprising stakeholders such as police and consumer representatives would move around ensuring compliance with laws that demand the use of the auction rate.

“We want to start with big shops so that smaller shops will also comply. There are some shops that have complied while others have not,” said Deputy Minister Chiduwa.

A number of traders are still resisting displaying prices in both local and foreign currency in conformity to the law.

This has seen consumers being ripped off as the local currency prices are not in line with the auction rate. Pharmacies, doctors and private hospitals are largely charging at the rate of US$1:$130, which is way higher than the US$1: $81,44 that emerged after this week’s auction. The auction-rate has been exceptionally stable for two months.

Traders have also been given until tomorrow to issue foreign currency-denominated receipts whenever they receive foreign currency for goods and services so that their tax liabilities are paid in the currencies they receive.

All along, they have been selling in forex only to issue receipts in local currency.

Deputy Minister Chiduwa said traders had been suffering from system challenges resulting in the delay in issuing foreign currency denominated receipts.


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    citizen 3 weeks ago

    Hit the chemists first they are all on 110-120.

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    Fallenz 3 weeks ago

    The black market is a testimony to the real economy, instead of the ZANUPF-manufactured pseudo-economy the illegitimate government wants advertized in order to hide the mega-looting that has occurred.  You can’t steal and externalize all that forex without real consequences that are exposed by the resulting real economy, dumbo. 

    Any bush farmer knows that if you eat all the eggs the hens lay, eventually there’ll be no chicken dinners, and no more eggs.  We need bush farmers running the economy, instead of a bunch of thieving Socialists who try to cover their tracks by “duck and cover, juke and jive” strategies, and stupid articles like the one above.