We’re Open For Business – Mnangagwa said. Then he shut Zimbabwe

By Antony Sguazzin, Ray Ndlovu, and Godfrey Marawanyika for President Emmerson Mnangagwa bans banks from lending money Local currency has plunged to a fraction of earlier value EMMERSON Mnangagwa has stymied Zimbabwe’s economy, five years after he declared the country “Open for business.” Flanked by his finance minister and central bank governor, the president

Zim businesses blast govt’s new capital controls

By Memory Mataranyika At the weekend, Zimbabwean President Emerson Mnangagwa announced new capital controls.  These include a halt to bank lending, and new taxes on foreign currency transactions. The Zimbabwe National Chamber of Commerce says the new measures bring big setbacks to the economy. The business sector in Zimbabwe has criticised new capital controls announced by

Companies risk it all to earn US dollars as Z$ slides

By Foreign currency earnings are replacing local currency income for Zimbabwean companies and banks. The Zimbabwean economy, increasingly mainstayed by remittances and blighted by a currency crisis that is driving up inflation, is rejecting the local dollars. Bankers are now anticipating an increase in foreign currency deposits while local foodstuff manufacturers are recording increased

First Capital hails inflation containment measures

By Alois Vinga LEADING financial services provider, First Capital Bank (FCB), has hailed current measures being implemented by monetary authorities to contain inflation against a background where the bank recorded a lucrative profit before tax. Presenting a trading update for the first quarter of 2022, FCA acting company secretary, Sarudzai Binha, said during the period,

RBZ allots US$28,6 million as MPS status quo is upheld

By Alois Vinga THE Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) foreign exchange auction this week allotted a total US$28,6 million, as the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) moved to uphold the already set Monetary Policy Statement (MPS) status quo. An update released at the close of trading Tuesday shows that on the Main Auction, a total 429

Businesses challenged to take advantage of COVID-19 opportunities

By Xinhua BULAWAYO: Vice President Constantino Chiwenga has called on the country’s business sector to take advantage of opportunities that are being presented by the COVID-19 pandemic to spur economic growth. He said the country’s priority was on moving the economy up the value chain and structural transformation, underpinned by the strengthening of already existing

UAE tycoon to invest US$1billion in Zim

By Alois Vinga PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa’s administration has approved the setup of US$1 billion worth projects by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) headquartered conglomerate, MULK Holdings F.Z.C in a development signifying a huge score following years of consistent reengagement efforts. Details of the lucrative deals are contained in a letter addressed to Mnangagwa dated April

RBZ foreign exchange liberalisation measures bear fruit

By Alois Vinga THE Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) this week allotted US$30,3 million notable impact of recently announced  foreign currency liberalisation measures on the exchange rates market. A trading update released at the close of business Tuesday shows that on the  Main Auction , 417 bids were received out of which , raw materials

38% manufacturing firms expanded operations in 2021 – Report

By Alois Vinga ABOUT 38% of Zimbabwe’s manufacturing companies managed to expand their operations in 2021, a recent survey shows. The Zimbabwe Coalition on Debt and Development (ZIMCODD) survey report, titled NDS1 Abridged Civil Society Monitoring Mechanism indicates that policies being employed by the government have triggered a degree of the manufacturing sector growth. “The

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Foreign currency deposits continue to surge

By Alois Vinga FOREIGN currency deposits in local banks continue to increase in a development indicating growing confidence in the country’s banking sector, latest Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) data has reveals. Statistics from the central bank shows that, foreign currency deposits grew from an equivalent of ZW$103,7 billion, recorded in a comparative period in

Raw materials imports dominate Zim’s imports – Zimstat

By Alois Vinga RAW materials dominated Zimbabwe’s import list in the first three months of 2022, a development signifying a revival of the manufacturing sector, latest data from the Zimbabwe National Statistics Agency (ZIMSTAT) show. The Zimstat’s monthly summary of external trade statistics for the period of March 2022 shows that mineral fuels and mineral

As Food Prices Soar Diasporans Switch To Food Delivery Apps To Help Family At Home

By With the click of a button and a few phone calls from Wolverhampton, in England’s West Midlands, Sharonrose Manhiri ensures her grandmother in Zimbabwe’s Honde valley receives her groceries every month. Manhiri is one of an increasing number of Zimbabweans who have settled overseas taking advantage of a range of food-delivery apps and

RBZ Allots US$32,8 Million As CZI Backs Inflation-curbing Measures

By Alois Vinga THE Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) Tuesday allotted a total US$32,8 million through the Foreign Exchange Auction system as the Confederation of Zimbabwe Industry (CZI) threw its weight behind the central bank’s recently introduced inflation containment measures. A trading update released at the close of the weekly auction shows that 362 bids

ZSE Gains $284,7 Billion Capitalisation In Four Months

By Alois Vinga THE Zimbabwe Stock Exchange (ZSE) recorded a bullish performance, gaining ZW$284,7 billion worth of capitalisation inside four months, a latest report on the local bourse shows. The report says that in the fourth quarter of 2021, all the major indices, including all share top 10, medium cap and mining recorded increases. “During

Tobacco Deliveries Plummet 46%

By Alois Vinga TOBACCO deliveries auction floors on the second day of trading was 46% lower compared to last year amid indications that overall output this year will be as much lower than the previous season’s. Statistics from the Tobacco Industry Marketing Board show that a total 1,043 million kgs were sold on the second

FEATURE: Tobacco auction season brings cheer to smallholder farmers

By Xinhua HARARE: Zimbabwe’s tobacco auction season, which started on Wednesday, is bringing joy to smallholder farmers whose livelihoods depend on the cash crop. Tania Zaranyika, a smallholder farmer from Mvurwi, about 100 kilometers from Harare, is one of the farmers whose tobacco crop will go under the hammer this season at Tobacco Auction Floor

PRICES TRACKER: Major retailers using $200-220 exchange rate

By Mandipa Masenyama THE exchange rate being used at till points by major retailers has since breached to ZW$200 against the United States (US) greenback,’s price and services survey, ZimCompare, has established. This is against the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe’s auction rate which this week closed at ZW$142.42 to the US dollar ZimCompare looks

Tobacco Marketing Season Opens; Farmers To Get 75% of Sales Proceeds in Forex

By Xinhua HARARE: Zimbabwe’s 2022 tobacco auction season officially opened Wednesday with good quality tobacco leaf expected this year. The highest price was 4.60 U.S. dollars per kg, slightly up from 4.30 dollars last year. Officially opening the marketing season in Harare, the capital of Zimbabwe, Lands, Agriculture, Fisheries, Water and Rural Development Minister Anxious

RBZ Auction Allots US$37, 6 Million As Industry Backs Zimdollar

By Alois Vinga THE Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe Foreign Exchange Auction this week allotted US$37,6 million amid calls by industry for the wider usage of the Zimdollar to spur productivity in the economy. A trading update released at the close of business Tuesday shows that priority remained tilted towards supporting critical industrial needs. In the