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47 mins ago | January 27, 2023

Lithium, coal, iron can push US$12bn mining output

While there are many who see the target of US$12 billion mining output this year as on the ambitious side, being a 50 ...

1 week ago | January 20, 2023

Savings need innovation, customer needs

While every economist and quite a few others would like to see Zimbabwean develop a savings culture, all those bursts of ...

2 weeks ago | January 13, 2023

Finance, not prices, key to farmer viability

Farmers complain frequently about the cost of inputs, especially fertilisers, which to be fair are the largest single ...

3 weeks ago | January 6, 2023

Mining growth opens doors to many others

The most spectacular leap forward in any major economic sector over the last five years must be in mining, which tripled ...

4 weeks ago | December 30, 2022

Stability, power, peace: Business wishes

When businesses look into 2023 quite probably three things form the top tier of their agenda: A better power supply, ...

1 month ago | December 23, 2022

Ore export ban readies lithium for boom

The decision this week to ban export of lithium ores and inadequately processed lithium before the second formal mine ...

1 month ago | December 16, 2022

We need formal financing for farming

With good rains now falling, plus the commitment of Government to fund, or guarantee the funding, of inputs for a swathe ...

2 months ago | December 9, 2022

Major effort needed to build power capacity

The main talking point in business circles has now moved from foreign currency and inflation, both at least ameliorated ...

2 months ago | December 2, 2022

Don’t hold your breath for interest rate cut

There is a fair amount of musing in financial circles over when the bank policy rate, the standard minimum interest rate ...

2 months ago | November 25, 2022

Budget opens space for businesses

The 2023 National Budget yesterday has no giveaways for the business sectors, but its severe tightening of tax ...

2 months ago | November 18, 2022

Corruption being fought across the board

There was a time when everyone assumed that corruption was limited to the State sector and those running the private ...

3 months ago | November 11, 2022

We must keep merging currency pools

Banks are reporting increasing totals of foreign currency deposits, and this means that while Zimbabwe’s foreign ...

3 months ago | November 4, 2022

Use national statistics to grow business

It seems ever more essential that businesses, especially manufacturers and other suppliers, need to look carefully at ...

3 months ago | October 28, 2022

Tight liquidity likely to remain

Monthly inflation has returned to the lowish single digits last seen between September 2020 and July last year, with ...

3 months ago | October 21, 2022

All now in place to recreate industry

Zimbabwean industry appears to be split in several groups, some flourishing and some just hanging on with the ...

4 months ago | September 30, 2022

Converged rates add US dollars to businesses

As part of the official exchange rate system comes into alignment with the black-market rates, we will be seeing a lot ...

4 months ago | September 16, 2022

New issues will arise with rate convergence

This week has seen a number of advances as exchange rates in the black market and the legal markets continue to ...

5 months ago | September 9, 2022

CZI takes dramatic new course

The Confederation of Zimbabwe Industries is moving into new territory by seeking capital financing for its members ...

5 months ago | September 2, 2022

Rate convergence now predicted

Now that the limits in the interbank market have been pushed up sharply again it appears that another new policy is to ...

5 months ago | August 26, 2022

Textile recovery needs coordination

Textiles seem like a n obvious choice in Zimbabwe’s industrialisation progress, with cotton production being pushed hard ...