Mthuli Ncube, Zimbabwe’s new finance minister has called on his country to embrace cryptocurrencies, following the example set by Switzerland.
Central bank should handle Bitcoin like Switzerland.
Mthuli Ncube, who was appointed as the finance minister of Zimbabwe just two weeks ago, has urged Zimbabwe’s central bank, the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) to emulate the Swiss Central Bank.
IT Web Africa, a local news outlet reported September 17 that Mthuli Ncube made the call while referring to “investment and understanding” in Bitcoin published by the central bank of Switzerland.
Mthuli Ncube stated:
“Zimbabwe should be investing in understanding innovations and often central banks are too slow in investing in these technologies. But there are other countries which are moving faster. If you look at the Swiss central bank they are investing in and understanding Bitcoin.”
Cryptocurrency; the solution to economic turmoil
Zimbabwe has been facing economic difficulties for over two years, and its newly appointed minister of finance believes that cryptocurrencies could be a solution to the ongoing cash difficulties in the African nation.
The cash shortage in Zimbabwe grows worse every day, with most banks now imposing a limit on the amount depositors can withdraw in an attempt to stymie the hemorrhaging of cash.
This has killed individual trust in the country’s crumbling financial systems – citizens prefer to hold their wealth in cash rather than giving it to financial institutions for safe-keeping.
Mthuli Ncube promised to push the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe into establishing a cryptocurrency division.
Ncube further stated that this division will be assigned with the responsibility of aiding apex banks in the country to develop a better understanding of virtual currencies…