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Zimbabwe commits to making new currency convertible, says minister-Xinhua


People exchange new currency Zimbabwe Gold banknotes outside a bank in Harare, Zimbabwe, on April 30, 2024. (Photo by Shaun Jusa/Xinhua)

Zimbabwean Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube said on Thursday that the country is committed to making the new gold-backed currency, the Zimbabwe Gold (ZiG), fully convertible.

HARARE, May 3 (Xinhua) — Zimbabwean Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube said on Thursday that the country is committed to making the new gold-backed currency, the Zimbabwe Gold (ZiG), fully convertible.

He said the government and monetary authorities were working on closing possible loopholes that can be used by speculators to destabilize the currency, noting that medium-to-long-term stability of the new currency is an important stepping stone toward the convertibility of the new currency.

“We are already dealing with people who are trading the ZiG on the parallel market; it is money laundering. We should not give speculators an opportunity to destabilize our currency,” he said while responding to questions at the start of a two-day hybrid investment summit on Zimbabwe that is underway in South Africa.

“We are also looking at the convertibility of the currency in the future. We want to promote the ZiG so that anyone around the globe can hold it and be able to exchange it for gold or the U.S. dollar equivalent,” Ncube said.

A man uses new currency Zimbabwe Gold banknotes to buy drink outside a bank in Harare, Zimbabwe, on April 30, 2024. (Photo by Shaun Jusa/Xinhua)

Zimbabwe launched the ZiG in April, which is backed by the central bank’s reserves comprising 100 million U.S. dollars in foreign currency and 185 million U.S. dollars worth of gold.

The ZiG notes and coins started circulating on Tuesday, several weeks after the electronic ZiG was unveiled.

The ZiG, Zimbabwe’s sixth attempt at a currency solution, is expected to stabilize the economy and help tame inflation. 



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