Embrace bond notes, says VP Mnangagwa

Source: Embrace bond notes, says VP Mnangagwa | The Herald June 3, 2016

Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa has urged Zimbabweans to embrace the bond notes set to be introduced into the economy by October.

Addressing Zanu-PF supporters gathered at Sino Cement Company in Gweru yesterday, VP Mnangagwa said the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) would soon introduce bond notes, saying these would boost internal trade, cut on externalisation of the US dollar by individuals and companies and ease cash shortages in the economy.

The planned bond notes are backed by a new $200 million bond facility from AfreximBank.

The facility will be implemented through the medium of bond notes in denominations of $2, $5, $10 and $20.

The US dollar and rand in circulation had been run down to below $300 million, he said.

The bond notes are set to operate as an extension of the current family of bond coins which were introduced in December 2014 to address the challenge of small change in daily transactions.

VP Mnangagwa, who is on a two-day tour of manufacturing industries in Midlands Province, said the public should make use of the bond notes which were to help boost economic activity.

He said at the moment, with depreciation of regional currencies, everyone was after the United States dollar which is in daily use in Zimbabwe.

“We want our economy to get out of the doldrums. We have been under the illegally-imposed sanctions for the past 16 years which affected productivity leading to the closure of companies. As a result, we ended up dumping our Zimbabwe dollar for the multi-currency regime. But because we don’t print the US dollar, all Sadc countries don’t have the US dollar and they are coming to raid Zimbabwe. Even those who trade in tomatoes come here and get the US dollar. If we sell anything in Zambia, we get kwachas, Botswana pulas and that has resulted in the shortage of the US dollar in the economy,” he said.

“In February 2009, we had US dollar, euro, and pound but as time progressed, US dollar gained value and everyone now wants the US Dollar.”

VP Mnangagwa said the bond notes had the same value as the US dollar.

“The Government, with a loan of $200 facility, is introducing bond notes. They will be equivalent or backed by the $200 loan facility. So if they start circulating, they won’t be stolen or externalised since the notes don’t work outside the country. The bond notes will have the same value as the US dollar. They will be banked in the same account as the US dollar,” said the Vice President.

He said it was high time Zimbabweans worked together and accepted that solutions for economic recovery should come from within.

Today the VP tours industries in Kwekwe.

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    ntaba 6 years ago

    Zanu wants to get the US$ for their Bond Toilet paper. Now they are selling the lie.

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    Jono Austin 6 years ago

    NO, the Zimbabwe dollar was dumped because Zanu caused inflation made it worthless. They invade the farms immediately destroying 5000 companies. There is a knock on effect, both upstream and downstream. Revenue to the fiscus is much reduced. They have a massively inflated ‘civil’ service and army and rampant theft. They print the zimdollar to plug the revenue gap. And it is a massive gap. Inflation skyrockets and the currency becomes worthless. This has nothing to do with ‘sanctions’ Rhodesia thrived under real sanctions because industry had to manufacture to survive. In other words help came from within. But not with these clowns running Zimbabwe. Forever holding out the begging bowl because of their gross ineptitude and corruption.

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    Mr Viriri 6 years ago

    Yes embrace the bond notes while we hoard all the real hard currency for another splurge on a big bad Benz for those in government.

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    Johann 6 years ago

    NOTE what he said “the notes don’t work outside the country” Not even for exchanging Kwacha!