Zimbabwe in the right direction-IMF


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Zimbabwe is moving in the right direction and is likely to achieve a growth rate of 6% this year, the International Monetary Fund said in its latest assessment released yesterday.

The government has projected a growth rate of 7.8%.

An IMF staff team, led by Dhaneshwar Ghura, Mission Chief for Zimbabwe, held discussions through virtual meetings with Zimbabwean government officials from 25 October to 16 November, 2021.

In a statement after the conclusion of its mission, the IMF said: “The IMF mission notes the authorities’ significant efforts to stem inflationary pressures. In this regard, contained budget deficits and reserve money growth, higher monetary policy rates, and more flexibility in the RBZ auction exchange rate, are policy measures in the right direction.”

It said: “Decisive actions are needed to lock in economic stabilization gains and accelerate reforms. The near-term macroeconomic imperative is to continue with the close coordination among fiscal, exchange rate, and monetary policies.”

The team said key priorities were allowing greater official exchange rate flexibility and tackling foreign currency market distortions, accompanied by an appropriate monetary stance; creating fiscal space for critical spending while containing fiscal deficits; implementing growth-enhancing structural and governance reforms; and continuing to enhance data transparency.

“These reforms are paramount for improving the business climate and reducing governance vulnerabilities, and thus to foster higher sustained and inclusive growth. To this end, the authorities’ strategy and policies as embodied in their 2021-25 National Development Strategy 1 are appropriate and need to be fully operationalized and implemented. Durable macroeconomic stability and structural reforms would support the recovery and Zimbabwe’s development objectives.”

The team said Zimbabwe’s plans to use the recent Special Drawing Rights allocation to support spending in social, productive, and infrastructure sectors, as well as building reserve buffers, should not substitute for critical reforms.

Zimbabwe received US$961 million in SDR from the IMF.

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The Insider is a political and business bulletin about Zimbabwe, edited by Charles Rukuni. Founded in 1990, it was a printed 12-page subscription only newsletter until 2003 when Zimbabwe's hyper-inflation made it impossible to continue printing.

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