As part of efforts to facilitate a wide range of investment portfolios the central bank has seen it necessary to roll out gold coins.
This Friday Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) Governor, Dr John Mangudya outlined the roadmap to introducing the gold coins, including their intended purpose. ZBC News’ Business Editor, Stanley James, quotes Mangudya as saying:
The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) resolved to introduce gold coins into the market as an instrument that will enable investors to store value, the gold coins will be minted by Fidelity Gold Refineries (Private) Limited and will be sold to the public through normal banking channels, the primary aim and objective is to preserve the store of value for wealth so the process has started and minting has also started. It is all about focusing on different trading platforms that have an effect in curbing inflation while focusing on the preservation of wealth in terms of its intrinsic value.
The apex bank’s chief added that the coins are open to everyone, that is, industry, commerce, individuals, and investors among many others. He also said the gold coins will be purchased using the set of units within the multicurrency basket.
Gold is an important element for investors in hedging against the effects of inflation.
Analysts have also backed the idea of the gold coins citing their positive effects on long-term financial planning models.
Earlier this week, the Monetary Policy Committee noted that the minting of gold coins is important for restoring confidence in the country’s financial markets.