BY VENERANDA LANGA
Zimbabwe’s first black central bank governor Kombo James Moyana (pictured above) is writing a book tackling the economic problems faced by the country during his tenure.
He told The Standard that the book would be titled Zimbabwe Economic Transition from 1981 to 1993.
Moyana, who was at the helm of the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe between 1981 and 1993, said his book on Zimbabwe’s economy would be ready in the next three to four months.
“The book will tackle some of the economic challenges that the country faced during the period 1981 to 1993 and the methods that we used to overcome those problems and to interact with the international community,” he said.
“It is a historic book and there are lessons to be learnt there by the current leadership.
“It depends on the people that are currently in leadership — whether after reading the book they will think that it has elements on managing the economy, which they think they can learn from in order to assist them to reform Zimbabwe’s economy.”
Moyana said his book would target economists, financiers, academia, students and political stakeholders so that they learn how Zimbabwe during the 13-year period after its independence in 1980 became the bread basket of Southern Africa.
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“Zimbabwe has gone through some of Africa’s greatest achievements and is currently going through some of the most difficult trying times,” he said.
“When I joined the RBZ in 1981 as the deputy governor, the annual inflation rate was 5,4% and month-to-month inflation rate was at 0,5%. In 1981 our currency of Zimbabwean dollar notes released denominations of $2, $5, $10, and $20, and US$1 was equivalent to Z$0, 657.”
Moyana said the country needed positive economic policies in order to achieve economic growth, as well as to curb excessive borrowing, and paying back external debts on time.