President Mnangagwa has issued a statement commenting on the current state of the economy. He has reiterated his position that there is necessary pain that needs to be endured before economic recovery and growth can be achieved.
The statement by the president is almost word for word the statement by Minister of Finance, Mthuli Ncube which we published earlier. Here’s the president:
Further to my address on the need to accelerate economic reforms that are necessary to stimulate the economy, I have found it necessary to restate Government’s strong commitment to reducing fiscal imbalances which are the root cause of the many challenges the economy faces. The challenges include cash shortages and the proliferation of foreign exchange parallel market rates which have a negative effect on prices. These challenges require that Government position the economy on a strong footing by implementing painful but necessary reforms that include cutting on government expenditure, increasing efficiency on government delivery systems and fast tracking reforms of State Owned Enterprises, among a host of other measures.
These reforms should be accompanied by a strong and sustainable currency reform system set to follow after the execution of the above reforms. This is necessary to ensure that any currency reform programme that the Government puts in place is effective, and causes minimum disruption to business. Accordingly, and in view of the need for an orderly currency reform programme that will be followed when the economic fundamentals are right to do, Government shall continue with the rnulti-currency system which it put in place in 2009. This system entails that foreign exchange earners are not prejudiced of their regulatory foreign exchange receipts, and that those who do not earn foreign exchange but produce for the domestic market access foreign exchange through the banking system as per the current policy on foreign exchange management system.
I wish therefore to reiterate Government’s position as articulated in my State of the Nation Address that the country shall continue to use the multi currency system of exchange for the foreseeable future.
Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa
Both statements by the two leaders indicate that the government is desperate to bring stability in the parallel market which went crazy deflating RTGS money in anticipation of demonetization or such moves by the government.