10-11-18 by Spotlight Zimbabwe

IMF, World Bank Endorse Zimbabwe’s Plan To Clear Arrears

 

HARARE  – The World Bank and IMF have endorsed Zimbabwe’s road map to clear more than $2 billion in foreign arrears at a meeting in Indonesia on Wednesday, the finance minister said, adding that the lenders had also backed his two-year economic recovery plan.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa has promised to revive the struggling economy, pay foreign debts that the country has defaulted on since 1999 and restore ties with West after becoming a pariah under Robert Mugabe’s near four-decade rule.

Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube, who is attending the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank meetings in Bali, Indonesia, said in a statement his plans to clear the arrears to the World Bank, African Development Bank and European Investment Bank had been accepted.

“All the cooperating partners and creditors present uniformly expressed their support for Zimbabwe and its arrears clearance Road Map,” Ncube said.

The lenders and Western donors also urged Ncube to “judiciously” implement his two-year economic recovery plan announced last Friday.

Ncube’s plan will see cuts on spending and the government’s wage bill and privatisation of loss-making state-owned firms.

Zimbabwe, which adopted the U.S. dollar after hyperinflation left its own currency worthless in 2009, is gripped by acute shortages of cash dollars. Prices of basic goods and medicines have risen in the last few days.

Reuters

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  • “All the cooperating partners and creditors present uniformly expressed their support for Zimbabwe and its arrears clearance Road Map,” Ncube said.

    The lenders and Western donors also urged Ncube to “judiciously” implement his two-year economic recovery plan announced last Friday.

    Ncube’s plan will see cuts on spending and the government’s wage bill and privatisation of loss-making state-owned firms.

    How many times has this Zanu PF regimes promised to implement reforms, cut the bloated civil service and Army, repay loan arrears, etc., etc. and never do it!

    Now with Zimbabwe’s position as a pariah state confirmed, there will be no investors coming into the country. Minister Ncube is being naïve if he thinks Zimbabwe’s economy can recover from the comatose state it has been in for decades without help from outside.

    The IMF, WB, etc. have all had Zimbabwe’s Ministers of Finance make all these out-of-this-world promises they have yet to see one deliver on any of the promises so readily made!