Speaking to The Standard, Economist and CEO Forum chief executive Kipson Gundani said government has no role in business and what it did on Delta’s issue was akin to price control.
He said the solution will not work but will result in more problems. Said Gundani:
Government has no role in business. It is the role of business to do business. In other words, government is controlling the prices of Delta products. Government is going against the market forces. History has shown us that such battles are never won. The obvious will happen. Delta products will disappear and there will be shortages. It is common knowledge that government does not have forex. They cannot subsidise everything from fuel to beer and drinks. That is going against the basic laws of economics. The solution offered by government will not work.
Zimbabwe National Chamber of Commerce chief executive Christopher Mugaga said government could reverse Delta’s move but at its own peril as that would lead to massive job losses. Independent economist Eddie Cross said legally Delta could trade in any of the currencies that are a legal tender and the move to block it was going to drive inflation.
Zimbabwe National Chamber of Commerce is an apolitical, non-profit, membership-based business association which has a mandate to equip business with development opportunities. ZNCC was established in 1894. Read More About Zimbabwe National Chamber of Commerce
Edward Graham Cross (born 1940) is a prominent Zimbabwean economist and politician. He is the current member of parliament for Bulawayo South. He is also a founding member of the Morgan Tsvangirai led Movement for Democratic Change (MDC-T). Read More About Eddie Cross