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IMF, Zimbabwe agree on policies & reforms

by FinX
11 Apr 2019 at 07:30hrs | Views
The International Monetary Fund and Government have reached agreement on macroeconomic policies and structural reforms that can underpin a Staff Monitored Programme.
This follows a visit by a team from IMF led by Gene Leon to Harare last week, where discussions on the modalities of the SMP were finalised.  The IMF staff team met with Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube, Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe Governor John Mangudya, other senior government and RBZ officials, and non-government representatives.
The SMP aims to implement a coherent set of policies that can facilitate a return to macroeconomic stability.  Post the new century, the country first did an SMP in 2013 under former Finance Minister Tendai Biti and then Reserve Bank governor Gideon Gono.
The SMP, which will be monitored on a quarterly basis, aims to implement a coherent set of policies that can facilitate a return to macroeconomic stability. Successful implementation will assist in building a track record and facilitate Zimbabwe's re-engagement with the international community.
The policy agenda to be monitored under the SMP is anchored on the authorities' Transitional Stabilization Program and emphasizes fiscal consolidation, the elimination of central bank financing of the fiscal deficit, and adoption of reforms that allow market forces to drive the effective functioning of foreign exchange and other financial markets.
According to a statement from the IMF, the agreed policies—both macroeconomic and structural—can be expected to remove critical distortions that have held back private sector growth and to improve governance. The SMP also includes important safeguards to protect the country's most vulnerable people.
"This staff-level agreement is subject to review by the IMF's management."
Zimbabwe is facing deep macroeconomic imbalances, with large fiscal deficits and significant distortions in foreign exchange and other markets, which severely hamper the functioning of the economy. In addition, Zimbabwe is facing the challenge of responding to the adverse effects on agriculture and food security of the el Nino-related drought, as well as the devastation from Cyclone Idai.

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