The Zim dollar can be converted worldwide according to Ministry of Finance

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Money, Zim dollar

Deputy Minister for Finance, Clemence Chiduwa said in Parliament that the Zim dollar (ZWL$) is accepted regionally and internationally according to a report by OpenParly.

The issue of the convertibility and regional or international acceptance of our currency as we speak now, the Zimbabwean Dollar is accepted regionally and internationally through the exchange rate. Not every currency is convertible. We are looking at currencies like the United States Dollar, the Euro, the Chinese and all that.

Not every currency can be accepted in every country. Every country has its own currency and that is what is being used locally. When you want to do international and regional transactions, then you go to your bank and convert to the accepted currency in that destination.

When using the exchange rate, it means our currency can be used locally and regionally via the exchange rate. There is no need for us to come up with a policy position to say we would want our currency to be used in the US. We use the exchange rate.

In reposonse to Chitungwiza-North Representative Godfrey Sithole’s question on the matter.

I don’t know about you but that isn’t the clearest answer. It looks like if you want to do international transactions or travel you’ll still have to change the local currency in Zimbabwe before you set off. The Deputy Minister also didn’t state which countries are accepting the Zim dollar.

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  1. Imi vanhu musadaro

    It seems he’s just saying that if you want to use your local money, just convert it at a bank before you travel/transact. By virtue of having that option, you can then use your money internationally or regionally.

    I don’t see how that translated to the given headline, which means that destination countries convert ZWL.

    1. Joshua Chase

      Exactly, clickbait at it’s worst

  2. Sg

    Can I convert my ZWL from the bank and get USD so that I will use them abroad

  3. Gogo

    Useless finance ministry

  4. Tawanda Zanga (Sir Zanga)

    What really matters is the local productivity level that is the level of capacity utilization is the key to success,as long productivity is insignificant in Zim then the budget surplus we are celebrating for today will turn into a huge negative B.O.P disequilibrium (a deficit) as the local industries fails to satisfy the surging demand for the goods and services.
    There is also need to make sure that the local currency is strongly backed so that we don’t find our tears streaming down our cheeks again.

  5. Ryan

    This feels good that our currency is getting better with time even though there was a lockdown