Bond notes will be in circulation at the end of this month, according to RBZ deputy director International Banking and Portfolio Management Mr Ernest Matiza.
But he said the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe was still designing and coming up with features that will appear on the notes. Addressing concerns from the business community in Bulawayo on Friday, Matiza said the features of the notes were still
being designed and hence they could not start marketing the notes. However, they are expected to be in use by the end of the month.
He added that the bank could not have started aggressively marketing the new notes as the issue had been before the courts with opposition leader Dr Joice Mujuru launching a failed bid to have the bond notes declared “illegal”.
“Once an issue is before the courts, you are conflicted. We were waiting for the ruling on bond notes before vigilant marketing and now that it has been resolved we can focus on explaining what these notes are, their features and relation to the US dollar.
When we are now ready to issue out the notes, you will start seeing more of the adverts,” said Mr Matiza. He said the aggressive marketing of the bond notes will increase once they are in circulation. Mr Matiza said bond notes were coming in to
enhance productivity as an export incentive. He reiterated that the RBZ was not trying to introduce the Zimbabwean dollar through the back door as has been the assertion by opposition politicians.
“We are not shy as a bank to such an extent that we would try and smuggle a local currency into the market. Our main objective at the moment is to restore confidence in the multi-currency system as we understand through our economists, advisers and consultants that conditions are not yet conducive to introduce a local currency,” said Mr Matiza.
He said people should not adopt a negative attitude towards the introduction of bond notes as they will not be forced on consumers, adding it was not an issue of people not wanting the bond notes but an issue of trust. Mr Matiza said the RBZ had been getting a number of questions from Zimbabweans asking whether the central bank will adhere to the $200 million stated or choose to extend.