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Economy to grow by around 2% in 2024, policymakers maintains tight stance

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Jun 27, 2024

Zimbabwe’s monetary policy resilience: Navigating economic challenges with stability and growth

By ETimes

HARARE – Amidst economic challenges and external shocks, Zimbabwe’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) has demonstrated resilience and proactive measures to steer the economy towards stability and growth. The recent Monetary Policy Committee meeting held on 26 June 2024 unveiled a strategic roadmap to address emerging risks and sustain current stability in the face of uncertainties.

The MPC’s commitment to maintaining a tight monetary policy stance, coupled with measures to stabilise exchange rates and control inflation, has yielded positive results. The economy has shown resilience, with projections indicating a growth rate of around 2% in 2024 despite the impact of the El Nino-induced drought. The month-on-month inflation rate declining to minus 2.4% in May 2024 and expected to hover around 0% in June 2024 reflects the effectiveness of the policy measures in curbing inflationary pressures.

Key policy decisions, such as maintaining the Bank Policy rate at 20% per annum, setting an interest rate corridor of 11% to 25%, and adjusting statutory reserve requirements for deposits, underscore the MPC’s commitment to fostering stability and supporting economic growth. The projection of inflation rates to end the year below 5% signals a cautious optimism for price stability and consumer confidence.

Looking ahead, the challenge for Zimbabwe lies in sustaining the momentum of stability and growth amidst global economic uncertainties and domestic challenges. The MPC’s focus on ensuring full backing of reserve money with gold, precious minerals, and foreign currency reserves is a strategic move to bolster economic activity and maintain reserves to support the domestic currency.

As Zimbabwe navigates through economic headwinds, the coordination of fiscal and monetary policies, prudent management of foreign exchange reserves, and continued structural reforms will be crucial in maintaining exchange rate stability and fostering sustainable economic growth. The MPC’s proactive approach and commitment to addressing emerging risks position Zimbabwe on a path towards economic resilience and prosperity in the face of challenges.

Zimbabwe’s Monetary Policy Committee’s steadfast efforts to navigate economic challenges with stability and growth reflect a commitment to safeguarding the economy and fostering a conducive environment for sustainable development. By staying on course with prudent policy measures and strategic interventions, Zimbabwe is poised to overcome obstacles and chart a path towards a more resilient and prosperous future.

By ETimes

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