Commercial Banks In Zimbabwe To Be Compelled To Accept Livestock As Collateral

Commercial banks in Zimbabwe will soon be compelled to accept livestock such as cattle, goats and sheep as collateral for cash loans to informal businesses under a new law presented to parliament. The Movable Property Security Interests Bill, is up for debate in parliament. The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe will compile a collateral-security register in which small-business operators and individuals can register their movable assets as security for credit. Vehicles, television sets, refrigerators, computers will also become acceptable as collateral once they are evaluated and registered in the central bank's register. A number of currencies which include the recently introduced bond notes, the U.S. Dollar, China's RMB and South Africa's rand are in use in Zimbabwe since economic mismanagement and runaway inflation rendered their currency worthless eight years ago.

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