Mnangagwa urges financial sector to reduce charges

Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa has again called on the financial sector to reduce charges on the use of debit and credit cards to ease the cost of transacting in the country, in view of the current cash shortages.

BY TARISAI MANDIZHA

Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa
Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa

Speaking at the just-ended Buy Zimbabwe 7th Buy Local Summit and Investment Forum in Victoria Falls, Mnangagwa said for the country to successfully industrialise and promote the purchase of local products, it required symbiotic efforts from the financial sector, retailers, wholesalers and suppliers, among others, to ease the cost of transacting.

“I want to recognise some of the players in the financial sector who heeded my recent call to reduce charges on the use of debit and credit cards. It is my hope that those who have not reviewed the charges will follow suit,” Mnangagwa said.

“Allow me to reiterate, once again, that the reduction of such charges will have a ripple effect on the transactional, precautionary and speculative demand for hard cash. No one will have an incentive to hold or hoard money and eventually the long winding queues at our banking halls are bound to disappear.”

He said in order to fully industrialise and integrate the mainstream economy there is need to ensure that consumers are willing and able to buy products and services for their needs.

“This can be assured by a market where it is cheap and convenient to transact as financial literacy levels are improving the Buy Zimbabwe campaign should be blended with more use of plastic money,” he said.

He said stakeholders are encouraged to remain engaged under the Buy Zimbabwe initiative, in the quest to develop a local content policy as this will be a key step in shaping procurement and industrial policy of the country.

Mnangagwa said the industrial sector is the major driving force in turning around the fortunes of the economy not only from a productivity point of view, but also for its potential to enhance the country’s export earnings.

“Local production and value chains as well as forward and backward linkages need to be successful with the long-term objective of penetrating the global market.

“To enhance industrialisation, the country must have a fully functional robust and competitive economy which is inclusive of micro, small and medium enterprises. To this end, Buy Zimbabwe should not in any way be an opportunity to inculcate a monopolistic behaviour, but companies must, instead, be cognisant of the regional and international pricing and productivity trends to ensure that our products are globally competitive,” he said.


According to official statistics the country processed point-of-sale (POS) transactions worth $2,9 billion in 2016 with POS volumes increasing by 260% during the same period.

POS transactions are all payments made at swipe machines using plastic money in the form of debit and credit cards.

4 Comments

  1. VP you have made it clear there because shops like TM, OK, Mohammed Mussa, Pick n Pay and many others have increased their prices by 100% as they grabbed the chance of cash crunch in the as more people rushing for swipping process. On the same note, 95% of the Ecocash agents are charging 10 to 15% when getting cash out, and if you do not have that %, they can only say that, they don’t have cash. This year is another secret 2008 the second. We are suffering for sure.

    1. I think its time for the POLICE to act on Ecosash and banks that are abusing the system, that is, if the Ecocash Agents are not “above the Law”

      and a big thumbs-up to whoever that led to the arrest of the Stanbic Bank Manager- that a great positive step . Ngazviendere mberi

  2. Can the VP tell chinamasa to reduce the tax on fuel which is also a problem cost… imagine per litre we are buying, 45cents is going to taxes.. also reduce the costs of number plates. we have the highest priced number plates ($160 ) in the world. replacement reg book $35, replacement third number plate $35. all to finance loss making air zimbabwe. taneta nekudyirwa mari isu!!

  3. banks should scrape and do away with Maintainance fees.

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