'Dangerous for Zim to adopt the rand'

JOHANNESBURG - Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe governor John Mangudya says Zimbabwe cannot adopt the South African rand as the main trading currency.

This is because doing so could worsen the economic crisis facing the country.

Mangudya told local media that, apart from macro-economic pressures that could spell doom for the local economy, Zimbabwe was likely to face legal hurdles in the adoption of the rand since it was not a member of the Rand Monetary Union(RMU).

Presently, the RMU comprises SA, Namibia, Swaziland and Lesotho, although the three countries still operate their own currencies, which trade on par with the rand.

“We could have joined the RMU or Southern Africa Customs Union (SACU) in 2009, but there are certain criteria we need to meet to do that. That is why we adopted the multi-currency system, and not a single currency.

“What you are asking for is very dangerous because we might find ourselves in a worse situation. We cannot be members of the RMU without our own currency,” Mangudya said, adding that membership of the SA-led union was conditional on having a local currency.

The RBZ chief was responding to mounting pressure from industry, businesses and consumers in general for the adoption of the rand to replace the US dollar as the main trading currency.

Local economists have advised that the adoption of the rand could help reduce the concentration risks and inflationary pressures associated with the firming dollar. –African News Agency

Comments (7)

anonyepa uyo, just want to justify bond notes

mano - 18 November 2016

And he thinks bond notes will do because he will be printing them himself, kkkk

mbavha dzeZanu - 18 November 2016

so mr john iscariot is bond notes now tour currency?

observer - 19 November 2016

You just have to listen to chinos explain bond notes and you'll know its a bloody scam.

Young Zimbo - 21 November 2016

its not true it may be just that the governor may lose some of his powers since he wont be able to control monetary policy for a currency which is not his.we can be an exception if we talk to the South Africans.There is no concrete argument from the governor other than telling us that its dangerous .

ras joe - 6 April 2017

its not true it may be just that the governor may lose some of his powers since he wont be able to control monetary policy for a currency which is not his.we can be an exception if we talk to the South Africans.There is no concrete argument from the governor other than telling us that its dangerous .

ras joe - 6 April 2017

It is well my Zimbabwe, nangudya is right out economy is not performing becoz we have a political crisis.....

His excellency - 19 July 2017

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