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RBZ Governor: Zim Central Bank Open To Investigating Blockchain Solutions

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In a positive and unexpected turn of events, the Governor of the central bank of Zimbabwe, John Mangudya, indicated that the Reserve Bank is ready to investigate blockchain technology. This is a surprise considering that the central bank banned cryptos back in May.

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Speaking at the Alpha Media Holdings’ Banks and Banking breakfast meeting yesterday Mangudya said:

I did not say cryptocurrencies because it is lower than blockchain. Blockchain encompasses all the cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin and all the cryptocurrencies and we are saying we are putting in motion studies, ways and means of investigating that blockchain technology

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Mangudya also expressed some of the concerns he has in relation to the technology:

If you are investing in virtual money, we want to know where it is being mined. In fact, cryptocurrencies are just like mobile money because you need a wallet where you deposit the cryptocurrency, but the issue is what is their source and how do they do it.

What we are against as I have always said is to do things which are not regulated because we need to know where these bitcoins are being mined and do want to hunt them. So while we want to embrace things, we need to know where they are coming from. If you embrace mobile banking platforms we know that there is a trust account.

If you are investing in virtual money, we want to know where it is being mined. In fact, cryptocurrencies are just like mobile money because you need a wallet where you deposit the cryptocurrency, but the issue is what is their source and how do they do it?

Mangudya’s points of concern are very valid and the fact of the matter is blockchain is a confusing technology and a lot of these questions are confusing even to people who have been constantly exploring the technology itself. Think of how many times cryptocurrency debates have boiled down to ‘What is Bitcoin?’ Simply because most people are yet to grasp how these virtual currencies work.

Some countries have fully embraced cryptocurrencies but think of South Korea where two exchanges got compromised; one exchange lost $37.2 million worth of coins and the other lost $30 million. The fact that these two incidents happened in a fortnight presents the risk that comes with embracing technology.

Maybe the calm and level headed approach being advocated for by the RBZ is the right path. Did they piss people off by banning cryptos overnight and shutting down Golix’s bank accounts before the 60 days they had promised? YES. Was this the best way to approach that situation? I certainly don’t think so but maybe investigating and learning will help the Reserve Bank and other players in the blockchain sector make more informed choices going forward. Time will tell.

Ray of hope…

I’m not sure if these statements mean that there is a chance the RBZ will revisit their position on cryptos but it seems this is the stance they are taking going forward. The Governor also indicated that they would be monitoring developments elsewhere before committing to a position, back in May. The RBZ seem to be taking a page out of India’s book as they too have banned cryptos.

Overall, I think it’s good that the central bank is actually exploring the possibilities with blockchain. The central bank in South Africa recently conducted a pilot project testing intra-bank payments using cryptocurrencies and it is these kind of developments that you would hope the RBZ can also test the waters before giving their position.

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The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) is the central bank of Zimbabwe. Its offices are located at number 80 Samora Machel Avenue in Harare. The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe operates under the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe Act, Chapter 22: 15 of 1964. The Act provides... Read More About RBZ

John Panonetsa Mangudya is an economist and the current Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe governor. Mangudya, who sits on many local and international boards .He was made RBZ governor after the expiry of Gideon Gono's term in 2014. He had been CBZ Holdings Ltd Chief Executive... Read More About John Mangudya

8 thoughts on “RBZ Governor: Zim Central Bank Open To Investigating Blockchain Solutions

  1. “we need to know where these bitcoins are being mined and do want to hunt them. So while we want to embrace things, we need to know where they are coming from” kkkk. Is the governor that ignorant or was he just trying to make people laugh? Good luck with that governor.

  2. What is there to expect from a bank which doesnt know how to do a self clean!!

    A central bank which employ convicts at the highest position is not one to look ahead. Mangudya is hiding his noise from the stink which is inside RBZ.

  3. After how many years dzimwe nyika dzichi benefiita. Its a curse to have such people as leaders. Nhasi ndopamakufunga research ??

  4. Typical of a non innovative banking leader. Having crossed paths with Mangundya before regarding another matter 8 years ago. This is not a surprise. Always a couple of steps back. Always a deterrent to innovation. The blockchain technology is solid, proven and I am using it to conduct inter country payments into SA via a platform I built. Quick, easy, convenient. I coach on blockchain technology. It has been around for years. Zimbabwean leaders need to wake up to technology being a huge economic driver. Not this we do not understand so we will not mentality……Ask somebody!!

  5. so mangudya the blockhead is open to investigating blockchain ?! hahaha

  6. when it comes to cryptocurrencies Government has to cautious in using it as criminals have increased their hacking activities by stealing these currencies from exchanges these are not related it good that vamangudya is taking time to learn and implement from other countries

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