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Zimbabwe Introduces Gold-Backed ZiG Currency to Stabilize Economy

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louis Buyisiwe

Apr 7, 2024

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The central bank pledges to uphold the ZiG's value by ensuring its backing with tangible assets such as gold and foreign exchange reserves. This commitment aims to restore confidence and prevent the pitfalls of previous currencies, notably the infamous Z$10tn notes of 2008 and the subsequent collapse of the bond note.
Central Bank Governor John Mushayavanhu

Harare, Zimbabwe - In a bold move to combat economic instability and soaring inflation, Zimbabwe has launched a gold-backed currency named ZiG, short for "Zimbabwe Gold". This initiative marks the nation's latest effort to anchor its economy, which has been plagued by financial crises over the last quarter-century.


Central Bank Governor John Mushayavanhu announced the immediate rollout of the ZiG, aiming to replace the rapidly depreciating RTGS with a more stable and market-responsive currency. The introduction of ZiG, available in denominations ranging from 1 to 200, is accompanied by the issuance of coins to address the small change conundrum, historically solved with non-cash items like sweets and pens.


Despite the introduction of ZiG, the US dollar will continue to dominate, being the preferred legal tender for 85% of transactions. The public's reception to the new currency remains cautious, reflecting a deep-seated mistrust rooted in past financial mismanagement.


The central bank pledges to uphold the ZiG's value by ensuring its backing with tangible assets such as gold and foreign exchange reserves. This commitment aims to restore confidence and prevent the pitfalls of previous currencies, notably the infamous Z$10tn notes of 2008 and the subsequent collapse of the bond note.


Economists and citizens alike watch closely, hopeful yet skeptical, as Zimbabwe embarks on this latest economic experiment, emphasizing the need for governmental discipline and transparency to regain public trust and achieve lasting stability.


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