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Zimbabwe economy to shrink by 4.5% this year on COVID-19, drought

The crucial mining sector will contract by 4%, Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube added in a mid-term budget speech, although he projected that GDP would rebound to 7.4% growth in 2021. Exports, however, seemed to remain resiliant, despite the COVID-19 shock, declining only slightly to $1.53 billion in first five months of this year against $1.56 billion in the same period of last year.

Reuters | Updated: 16-07-2020 19:18 IST | Created: 16-07-2020 19:18 IST
Zimbabwe economy to shrink by 4.5% this year on COVID-19, drought

Zimbabwe's economy is expected to shrink by 4.5% this year owing to the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic and a brutal climate change-related drought, the finance minister said on Thursday. The crucial mining sector will contract by 4%, Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube added in a mid-term budget speech, although he projected that GDP would rebound to 7.4% growth in 2021.

Exports, however, seemed to remain resiliant, despite the COVID-19 shock, declining only slightly to $1.53 billion in first five months of this year against $1.56 billion in the same period of last year. He added that inflation was expected to gradually decline to 300% by December, compared with 737.36% currently.


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