Mangudya digs in on bond notes

Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) governor John Mangudya yesterday vowed to forge ahead with plans to introduce bond notes in October despite widespread resentment by citizens and opposition political parties.

Source: Mangudya digs in on bond notes – NewsDay Zimbabwe August 26, 2016

BY MTHANDAZO NYONI

In May, Mangudya said bond notes would be introduced as part of measures to stem the prevailing cash shortages under a $200 million facility guaranteed by the African Export-Import Bank. Under the facility, qualifying exporters would get an additional 5% export incentive in bond notes, which will be at par with the United States dollar.

In an interview with NewsDay yesterday, Mangudya said he would not buckle to populist sentiments as the move was in the best interest of the economy.

“We are doing policies that are good for the country whether they are popular or not. Populist policies never work. We are in an economy that needs hard decisions,” he said.

“We need production so that we can export and maintain the multi-currency system. We are aware of the challenges people went through in 2008, but we need to have bold measures. We don’t take decisions on face value. We take decisions that are necessary for this country.”

Mangudya said bond notes would help companies export thereby improving production.

He said any exporter, who has made an export transaction, would receive a 5% incentive based on export receipts, which will be debited to their account, meant to hold export proceeds in a bank. When a depositor makes a withdrawal, the bank would issue to the client the bond notes that it has in its coffers alongside the dollar, he said.

Thousands of people have taken to the streets demonstrating against government’s plans to introduce bond notes, with critics equating the move to the reintroduction of the banished local currency. The local currency was dumped in 2008 and gave way to a multi-currency regime in 2009. It was decommissioned last year.

Despite assurances by Mangudya that RBZ would not go above the $200 million ceiling, calls to halt the introduction of the bond notes were growing louder by the day signalling waning confidence in monetary authorities.

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    Planter 6 years ago

    This is a move to completely remove any remaining US$ by the regime and take it with them when they run……..

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    ” Populist policies never work”……..WHAT…….Is this man sane or can’t he understand ENGLISH…….NO TO THE BOND NOTE ……..AND THERE IS NO GOING BACK……..

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    Reverend 6 years ago

    This bond note is illegal and is tantamount to forgery as you cannot base a piece of paper with a US$ sign on it and call it a dollar and the US government should step in on this now before it is introduced… why not just forge US$ notes?!!!

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    If they had the intelligence to forge them, they would.

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    Joe Cool 6 years ago

    Let’s hope they will be consecutively numbered up to 50 trillion.