The Government of Zimbabwe has finally responded to China’s concerns over Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube’s 2020 budget in which he claimed that the Asian economic giant availed a “paltry” US$3.6 million in bilateral support to Harare, unlike Western powers that poured tens of millions of dollars in aid.
The Chinese embassy in Harare issued a strong statement requesting the Government of Zimbabwe to “make comprehensive assessments on the statistics of bilateral supports and accurately reflect its actual situation when formulating the budget statement.”
In a statement posted on the Ministry of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services’ Twitter handle, the Government of Zimbabwe said:
Govt has noted the query raised by @ChineseZimbabwe regarding bilateral aid figures captured in the 2020 National Budget Statement.
Necessary consultations are underway to establish a common accounting position. We thank the Chinese Govt for their support.
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