IMF says no financial support for Zimbabwe


A logo is seen outside the headquarters of the International Monetary Fund. 

HARARE - The International Monetary Fund said that it was unable to offer any financial support to Zimbabwe due to its unsustainable debt and outstanding arrears.

"The IMF is precluded from providing financial support to Zimbabwe due to an unsustainable debt and official external arrears," the fund said in a statement after a month-long mission to the African country.

"A Fund financial arrangement would require a clear path to comprehensive restructuring of Zimbabwe's external debt, including the clearance of arrears and obtaining financing assurances from creditors."

The IMF said its staff had completed a virtual mission to Zimbabwe from October 16 to November 16, and noted "significant" efforts by authorities there to stem inflation, contain budget deficits and reserve money growth.

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Zimbabwe, which has suffered from bouts of hyperinflation in the last 15 years, has not received funding from lenders like the IMF and the World Bank for more than two decades due to arrears. 

The country has more than $10-billion in debt, most of which is in arrears. 

In September, the government said it had made symbolic debt repayments to some creditors for the first time in 20 years. 

After several years of economic contraction, and despite the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, the IMF forecast that Zimbabwe's economy would expand by six percent this year.


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