Government’s move to create a sinking fund aimed at repaying the two 10-year sovereign Eurobonds has been received with mixed feelings by some sectors of society. Some stakeholders have welcomed the move while others claim it is all political propaganda.
PRIVATE Sector Development Association (PSDA) chairperson Yussuf Doldia says the recently acquired Eurobond can only yield better results if channelled towards social economic infrastructure. Mr. Doldia said channelling the Eurobond towards social economic infrastructure will bring about economic development adding that this can help service the debt. Mr. Doldia said government borrows in order to finance its own program.
THE Bankers Association of Zambia (BAZ) says banks in the country are struggling to support key sectors of the economy because they do not have enough funds. BAZ President Leonard Mwanza told the Lusaka Star in a telephone interview today that the recently increased statutory reserve ratio empowers the central bank to be entitled to as much as 18 percent of all deposits made in Banks.