© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: An worker works at a fridge manufacturing firm within the capital Harare, November 14, 2013. REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo
HARARE (Reuters) – Zimbabwe’s manufacturing unit capability utilisation rose to a 10-year excessive of 56.25% in 2021, the nation’s primary industrial physique mentioned on Wednesday, however cautioned that resurgent inflation and overseas forex shortages threatened a sustained restoration.
Owing to financial mismanagement, the manufacturing sector’s share of Zimbabwe’s gross home product (GDP) has declined from a peak of round 1 / 4 within the Nineties to lower than a fifth now.
A survey of 440 manufacturing companies by the Confederation of Zimbabwe Industries (CZI) confirmed that capability utilisation – precise output measured towards potential manufacturing capability – elevated to 56.25% in 2021, from 47% the earlier yr. This was the very best degree since 2012.
About 38% of surveyed manufacturing firms had invested a mixed $147 million to increase manufacturing in 2021, CZI mentioned.
The business physique, nonetheless, warned that prime inflation and a forex disaster posed a critical menace to Zimbabwe’s financial system.
Zimbabwe is experiencing excessive inflation once more after a marked slowdown in 2021. Yr-on-year inflation hit 96.4% in April, up from 60.6% at first of the yr, as its forex continues to weaken quickly towards the U.S. greenback.
President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Saturday ordered banks to droop lending with speedy impact in a transfer the authorities says is supposed to cease hypothesis towards the Zimbabwean greenback, as a part of a raft of measures to arrest its fast devaluation on the black market.
“The forex problem and the related inflationary strain can derail the momentum into 2022,” CZI chief economist Cornelius Dube mentioned whereas presenting the survey outcomes.