Zimbabwe’s central bank has recently announced its imminent plans to introduce digital tokens backed by gold, specifically designed for transactions. The central bank’s governor, John Mangudya, highlighted that these gold-backed digital tokens have already demonstrated their effectiveness as a tool for implementing monetary policy. Notably, a consumer survey revealed that the general populace has limited awareness of the proposed central bank digital currency (CBDC).
The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) is in an advanced stage of preparing to launch these gold-backed digital tokens (GBDT) for practical transactional use. This move is aimed at supplementing the local use of the U.S. dollar in domestic trade. The intention is to provide retailers with a safer, more convenient, and value-preserving medium of exchange through these gold tokens.
In a recent mid-term monetary policy statement, Governor Mangudya announced upcoming awareness campaigns aimed at educating the public about the utilization and advantages of GBDTs. Additionally, major players such as the Confederation of Zimbabwe Industries (CZI) have committed to adapting their systems to support the issuance of GBDT-denominated cards.
Having initially launched the gold-backed tokens in response to local demand for U.S. dollars, the RBZ has found the GBDTs to be remarkably effective in stabilizing the domestic financial and capital markets in a relatively short timeframe.
Governor Mangudya emphasized that the divisibility of the digital gold tokens allows accessibility for people from various economic backgrounds. Regarding physical gold coins, only a small fraction, around 2%, have been redeemed out of the total sold, indicating their use as an alternative store of value.
Turning attention to the central bank’s digital currency initiative, the consumer survey results indicated that there is limited awareness among residents about the proposed CBDC. Nevertheless, a significant 71.7% of respondents expressed their willingness to adopt a CBDC if introduced by the central bank.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Gold-backed digital tokens
What is the purpose of the gold-backed digital tokens introduced by Zimbabwe’s central bank?
How effective have the gold-backed digital tokens been as a monetary policy instrument?
According to the governor of the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ), the gold-backed digital tokens have proven to be effective as a monetary policy tool. They have contributed to stabilizing the domestic financial and capital markets, providing a positive impact within a relatively short timeframe.
How will the public be educated about the use and benefits of the gold-backed digital tokens?
What role do physical gold coins play in this initiative?
What is the public’s awareness of the proposed central bank digital currency (CBDC)?
A consumer survey revealed that there is limited knowledge among residents about the envisioned central bank digital currency (CBDC). However, a significant majority, around 71.7% of respondents, expressed their willingness to adopt the CBDC if introduced by the central bank.
More about Gold-backed digital tokens
- Zimbabwe Central Bank Plans Gold-Backed Digital Tokens
- RBZ Governor’s Statement on Gold-Backed Tokens
- Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe Official Website
- Understanding Central Bank Digital Currencies
- Consumer Awareness and Adoption of CBDCs