Zimbabwe hikes key interest rate from 60% to 80%


Zimbabwe has hiked its key interest rate from 60% to 80% with immediate effect to curb rising inflation which has partly been worsened by the Russia-Ukraine war which has seen the prices of oil gas, fertilisers and other related products going up.

Inflation which was down to 50.2% in August last year has since risen to 72.7% last month. It was at 60.6% in January and rose to 66.1% in February.

In a statement following a meeting of the central bank’s monetary policy committee on 1 April, Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe governor John Mangudya said the committee had introduced a number of measures to curb rising inflation and foreign exchange parallel market activities.

The measures are contained in the statement below:


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Charles Rukuni
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