Zim sits on $9bn ivory

Source: Zim sits on $9bn ivory | The Herald July 28, 2016

Zvamaida Murwira Senior Reporter—
Zimbabwe is sitting on more than $9 billion worth of ivory, an amount that could turnaround the fortunes of the country should a ban on ivory trade be lifted, Parliament heard yesterday. Environment, Water and Climate Minister Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri said sadc was determined to lobby for the ban imposed by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, an environmental global movement, to be lifted so that the region could unlock value from its natural resources.

Minister Muchinguri-Kashiri was responding to a question in the National Assembly during a question and answer session. “We have 96 tonnes of ivory and if we sell it, we will realise about $9,1 billion,” said Minister Muchinguri-Kashiri.

She said the European Union had remained adamant in seeking to maintain the ban despite the fact that the Western bloc did not have ivory, but as a sadc region they would continue to lobby the lifting of the ban in their CITES meetings.

She implored fellow legislators to lobby for the lifting of the ban each time they attend international meetings. Responding to a related question, Finance and Economic Development Minister Patrick Chinamasa said the $9 billion was able to liquidate the country’s debt and unlock several facilities.

“This is the paradox of Africa. There is a policy that did not come from Africa. This is food for thought for all of us because we are being stopped from disposing our ivory. “Africa is rich, but it has poor Africans. Our obligation as Africa is to interrogate why we are poor when we have these riches. I did not even know that we are sitting on $9 billion worth of ivory, even if it is $5 billion,” said Minister Chinamasa.

Responding to another question, Minister Chinamasa said the cash crisis that affected the country was a blessing in disguise in that it helped the Government to be innovative through use of plastic money.

“The cash crisis has been good in some respects. It was God-sent. It has given us an opportunity to move away from cash based situation. Even when a person wants to buy a house or a car he would move around with a briefcase with cash,” said Minister Chinamasa.

He said the $200 million facility from Afreximbank in which proposed bond notes would be introduced in October was not a loan, but a guarantee. Minister Chinamasa said Government would ensure that point of sale facilities were installed and activated in several businesses including Government ministries and departments.



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    R Judd 6 years ago

    Gee, how many elephants is that? Maybe somebody doesn’t know how to use a calculator

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    By my calculation that is about $95000/ Kg which of course is idiotic like that stupid woman Oprah (Oppah) Muchanguri is. She is nothing more than a brainless bigmouth fool!! 9,100,000,000 -:- 96000Kg = $94,791.66 /Kg. I am sure the Chinks are lining up to buy it at that price!! That goes to show what an incredible brainless government we have!! Surely when you get to billions you check your figures again?? Morons!!

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    Chanisa 6 years ago

    If we are sitting on so much money then what are we waiting for? Forget the ivory bans. Smith used to work around bans of everything and did very well thank you. Unless of course there are some long, slow fingers inching towards the pile, or greedy snouts nibbling at it. Before long we will be told that no one knows where the ivory has gone! We have been there many times before.

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    I am also an accountant !

    If that silly cow thinks that 96 tonnes of ivory is worth $9 billion, then it explains why she is stupid enough to believe that Zanu has been ‘winning’ the elections ! +++ S I G H +++