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    Zimbabwe Seeks Help Raising Cash from its Minerals

    (FILE) -- This Nov. 1, 2006 file photo shows miners digging for diamonds in Marange, eastern Zimbabwe.
    (FILE) -- This Nov. 1, 2006 file photo shows miners digging for diamonds in Marange, eastern Zimbabwe.
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    Zimbabwe is looking for advice from the African Development Bank (AfDB) on how to mortgage its vast mineral resources to raise money and shore up an economy that has slowed since the start of the year, the new finance minister said on Friday.
     
    The country has the second largest platinum reserves in the world after neighbor South Africa, one of the biggest diamond deposits and large quantities of coal and gold, but has grappled with a weak economy critics blame on veteran President Robert Mugabe's nationalist policies.
     
    Growth is seen at 3.4 percent this year, down from a previous projection of 5 percent, with prospects weighed down partly by jitters over a July 31 election won by Mugabe amid charges of fraud by the opposition.
     
    Zimbabwe had also asked the AfDB to help the country re-engage Western financial institutions who have suspended support, and find ways to clear its $10 billion foreign debt, Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa said.
     
    “We also discussed securitisation of our assets. We are thirsty when we are in the middle of a pool of water,” he told reporters after a meeting with AfDB officials.
     
    “We have vast mineral resources. We should be able to use those resources to unlock access to capital, which we can use to develop our country and I believe the AfDB has that expertise.”
     
    Zimbabwe would enhance ties with friendly countries like China to develop its economy as the  West maintains longstanding sanctions on Mugabe and his allies over charges of rights abuses, Chinamasa said last week.
     
    The former justice minister said he would meet the International Monetary Fund in December to review Zimbabwe's performance under a staff monitoring program started this year.
     
    Zimbabweans should not expect miraculous resolutions overnight to the country's problems, Chinamasa cautioned, adding it may be too late to help poor farmers prepare for the summer agriculture season which starts in early October.

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    by: Deloris H. Rader from: Bamako Mali
    September 20, 2013 6:54 PM
    "Faith means don't panic"! Looking for advise from any bank is an act of panic. Zimbabwe seeking to raise cash to pay off $10 Billion DEBT.

    Zimbabwe having mineral resources wealth answer is to SELL NOT MORTGAGE. THE RISK OF DEFAULT IS TOO GREAT DUE TO THE MIXING OF; POLITICAL ECONOMICS (ICE COLD WATER) WITH SOCIAL ECONOMICS, (HOT OIL), THEY WILL NEVER BLEND TO A SOLUTION THAT WILL BENEFIT THE MOST IMPORTANT RESOURCES, THE HUMAN RESOURCES. SALES OF VALUED ADDED BY-PRODUCTS OF THE PLATINUM, GOLD AND COAL, WILL PRESERVE THE WEALTH, CREATE JOBS AND DEVELOP THE NATION AS A COMMUNITY.

    If the sales are of national interest and the people can fell the first benefits, all resources will be sustainable in unity.

    Advise for the social economic solution, is not ever going to come from a bank. why? Because banks earns from interest and defaults of mortgage repayments. Banks hedge on defaults. A mortgage is a loan ON the country assets are put up as collateral.

    Ask an expert on human and resource development. We await your reply.

    In prayer for Zimbabwe,
    Deloris H Rader & CDDT

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