Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe Press Statement On Cash-back Limits

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PRESS STATEMENT ON COLLABORATION BETWEEN THE RESERVE BANK OF ZIMBABWE AND RETAILERS AND WHOLESALERS ON MEASURES TO ENHANCE REGULATORY COMPLIANCE AND USE OF PLASTIC MONEY IN BUSINESS TRANSACTIONS

The Reserve bank of Zimbabwe (the “Reserve Bank”) wishes to advise that following engagement with retailers and wholesalers, individually and collectively through their respective associations, it has come up with a framework that seeks to nurture discipline and enhance compliance with the provisions of the Bank Use Promotion Act [Chapter 24:24] and other regulatory requirements in their conduct of business.

In drawing up the framework, the Reserve Bank has been guided by the realities of the prevailing trading patterns, whereby retailers and wholesalers are an integral stakeholder in the overall circulation of currency in light of the interface and linkages with manufacturers (suppliers) and the general public (consumers) through the distribution of various commodities. To ensure the smooth circulation of currency in the economy and ease of transacting, it is imperative that all retailers and wholesalers adhere to the relevant guidelines and regulations governing their operations.

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In order to ensure that retailers and wholesalers make an effective contribution to overarching need for compliance, the following measures shall apply with immediate effect:

  1. Retailers and wholesalers shall be enjoined, in compliance with the provision of the Bank Use Promotion Act [Chapter 24:24], to bank the cash generated from their businesses and maintain records of all transactions (including purchases, sales, discounts and bankings). Any cash-back facility made available by retailers and wholesalers shall not exceed an amount of $20.00.
  2. The Reserve Bank shall collaborate with wholesalers, retailers and their associations to ensure the adequate provision of Point of Sale (POS) machines in order to enhance the use of plastic money for transactions.
  3. Retailers and wholesalers, shall bank all excess cash collections within 24 hours as required in terms of the Bank Use Promotion Act [Chapter 24:24].
  4. In line with the need to promote financial transparency, banking and the use of plastic money, manufacturers and supplies of goods, including fuel, should not demand cash for any goods supplied to retailers and wholesalers. In that regard, any dispensation and matching arrangements previously granted to certain sectors are hereby revoked.
  5. Retailers and wholesalers shall sell any particular product for the same price irrespective of the mode of payment and desist from multiple pricing of goods on account of mode of payment (cash, Real Times Gross Settlement (RTGS) and Point of Sale or a combination of any two or more of them). For the avoidance of doubt, retailers and wholesalers shall not charge any premium for the sale and purchase of their wares on the basis of mode of payment. Similarly any cash or quantity discount shall, in accordance with best practice, be granted in the normal course of business and not on the basis of the multiple pricing system.

The Reserve Bank, retailers and wholesalers remain committed to ensuring convenience to the public and an improved and transparent trading environment which is free of money laundering and tax evasion.

Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe
12 April 2017

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5 Comments

  1. Aurther says:

    “Similarly any cash or quantity discount shall, in accordance with best practice, be granted in the normal course of business and not on the basis of the multiple pricing system”

    Headline – “RBZ gives thumbs up to cash discounts”

  2. mbuya oni says:

    IT WILL NEVER MATTER HOW MUCH EFFORT THE RBZ PUTS INTO REGULATING A MONELESS ECONOMY, SO LONG AS POLITICAL POLICY IS STAGNANT AND THERE IS NO SIGNIFICANT INCREASE IN EXPORTS WE ARE ONLY HEADED DOWNHILL. CASH IS EFFECTIVELY FLOWING OUT FASTER THAN IT IS FLOWING IN. THE SCARCITYOF BOND IS NOT FROM HOARDING BOND (SERIOUSLY…WHO HOARDS BADS MONEY?) THERE IS JUST TOO LITTLE BOND TO MEET DAILY TRANSACTION DEMANDS. THERE ARE A MILLION WAYS BUSINESS PEOPLE CAN CIRCUMVENT THIS USELESS PRONOUNCEMENT, WE PAY FOR FULL TANK OF FUEL WHEN WE ONLY NEED 10LTS THE REST WE GET AS CASH AND GIVE A TIP TO THE ATTENDANT, (SEE IF RBZ CAN PROVE CASH BACK IN COURT)..I COULD GO ON BUT LETS LET SLEEPING DOGS LYE

  3. Don says:

    At least they should remove bank charges for swipe transactions. Why should I pay for the government’s inability to provide hard cash? If I had cash, I wouldn’t need to swipe. With the olive of swipe transact carried out in a day, banks seem to be the ones laughing all the way to the bank- these guys are profiting from the unavailability of hard cash on the market…. I’m not an economist or banking expert. Just an ordinary Zimbabwean trying to find ways of stretching that $1 in my bank account

  4. Pedro Goro says:

    Cursed state

  5. Sagitarr says:

    What is the definition of “excess cash”. If I am running a business, I can keep my money in my safe, is this now illegal?

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