MDC-T Shadow Minister of Finance says a capital budget of $520 million cannot spur growth


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Movement for Democratic Change-Tsvangirai Shadow Minister for Finance Tapiwa Mashakada says Zimbabwe is likely to remain stagnant next year as a capital budget of only $520 million cannot spur growth.

“The 2017 growth forecast was based more on thumbsucking not on any realistic macro-model. The projection becomes unrealistic and spurious if you consider the effect of climate variability on agriculture,” Mashakada says.

Mashakada was commenting on the $4. billion 2017 budget for Zimbabwe presented by Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa last week. Chinamasa said he expected revenue of $3.7 billion.

“The economy remains stuck in a deflationary dungeon and the absence of economic stimulus measures such as increasing domestic consumption and gross fixed capital formation is inimical to growth. A capital budget of USD520 million cannot spur growth.

“A projected budget deficit of USD400 million is inconsistent with a growth mode. A figure of USD180 million for paying interest on debt is not compatible with a growing economy. Employnent costs gobbling 92% of the total budget blunt economic growth.”

Full statement

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Zimbabwe 2017 national budget comments (part 1) by Dr. Tapiwa Mashakada

The  1.7% forecasted growth rate for 2017 from 0.6% in 2016 will largely depend on the resolution of the liquidity crisis, a surge in productivity, confidence, macro-economic and fiscal stability.

All these aspects are currently beyond Zanu PF's control. The 2017 growth forecast was based more on thumbsucking not on any realistic macro-model. The projection becomes unrealistic and spurious if you consider the effect of climate variability on Agriculture.

The economy remains stuck in a deflationary dungeon and the absence of economic stimulus measures such as increasing domestic consumption and gross fixed capital formation is inimical to growth. A capital budget of USD520 million cannot spur growth.

A projected budget deficit of USD400 million is inconsistent with a growth mode. A figure of USD180 million for paying interest on debt is not compatible with a growing economy. Employnent costs gobbling 92% of the total budget blunt economic growth.

In 2017 the economy is sure to register monthly negative growth rates on the back of fiscal imbalances and a persistent deflation.

Tapiwa Mashakada
Secretary for Finance and Economic Affairs
Movement For Democratic Change

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