‘International poachers plunder African resources’

Source: ‘International poachers plunder African resources’ | Newsday (News) BY SHINGIRAI VAMBE AFRICA is bearing the brunt of international poachers who are decimating wildlife in conservancies, Environment, Tourism and Hospitality Industry minister Prisca Mupfumira has said. Mupfumira told delegates attending the ongoing African Union-United Nations Africa Wildlife Economy Summit in Victoria Falls on Sunday that […]

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BY SHINGIRAI VAMBE

AFRICA is bearing the brunt of international poachers who are decimating wildlife in conservancies, Environment, Tourism and Hospitality Industry minister Prisca Mupfumira has said.

Mupfumira told delegates attending the ongoing African Union-United Nations Africa Wildlife Economy Summit in Victoria Falls on Sunday that there is need to curb poaching, protect the environment and give back to communities surrounding conservancies.

The conference is expected to address a number of issues affecting Africa and other international partners, particularly sustainable conservation of wildlife and human-wildlife conflict and is also a platform to present strategies on how to unlock value from wildlife. In attendance are representatives from 30 African countries and some international delegates.

“I am delighted by your attendance at this conference, which is very important especially for Zimbabwe. Some must be aware of the Kavango Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area (KAZA TFCA) comprising of Angola, Zambia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Namibia, we boast of hosting 60% of the world’s elephant population, while Zimbabwe and Botswana, have over 250 000 elephants, while the world has 500 000 elephants,” Mupfumira said.

“The KAZA TFCA is no doubt one of the biggest transfrontier parks in the world and offers a lot of investment opportunities. It is slowly emerging as the beacon of sustainable management of shared natural and cultural resources in a collaborative manner across territorial boundaries. The diverse wildlife offers vast opportunities for economic and social development for our countries, through sustainable use of wildlife assets, ecotourism and related ancillary services to protected areas.

“We are, therefore, united against illegal wildlife syndicates, which promote the poaching of our prized wildlife, posing a serious threat to the future of the wildlife sector.”

Mupfumira said although local poaching cases had declined, it was everyone’s responsibility to protect the environment and wildlife, because if killing of wild animals goes unchecked, it would destroy Africa’s natural resources and economies. She bemoaned international poachers invading conservancies and killing wild animals.

She also said cases of human-wildlife conflict continue unabated across Africa.

“I am hoping that at the end of this summit, we would have come up with solutions, especially within the southern African region, on how to improve conservation, especially with elephants which also have cost the lives of people,” she added.

“. . . within us we have 60% of the wildlife mostly elephants of the whole world. This means we had to sit down to talk on how we should move together in the same (direction) and on how to educate other nations on how people and animals live together,” she said.

She said the boom in Zimbabwe elephants was fuelling human-wildlife conflict, with people losing crops, homesteads and lives to the jumbos.

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Don’t hold your breath: Zim business on foreign currency ban

Source: Don’t hold your breath: Zim business on foreign currency ban | Fin24 The decision by the Zimbabwean government to abolish the use of foreign currency for local transactions is welcome, but could have been implemented better, say analysts and various sectors of the business community. Reacting to the new measures, which saw the Zimbabwean […]

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A protester opposed to the introduction of bond notes burns a Zim dollar note. (Memory Mataranyika)

The decision by the Zimbabwean government to abolish the use of foreign currency for local transactions is welcome, but could have been implemented better, say analysts and various sectors of the business community.

Reacting to the new measures, which saw the Zimbabwean government outlaw the use of foreign currency for conducting local transactions, some said what government had done was not consistent with promises it had been making in recent months.

Lack of trust

“The feeling is that there is lack of trust between the authorities and business,” Zimbabwe National Chamber of Commerce (ZNCC) chief executive Christopher Mugaga said. “As ZNCC we had a meeting, a fortnight ago, with the Reserve Bank governor, and at no point did he ever try to hint the pending introduction of a new currency.

“So that’s a dishonest engagement with business because what it means is that our proposals were ignored, so there is mistrust. The result is that business will not have confidence in the new measures,” said Mugaga.

Competitiveness

Another business body, the Confederation of Zimbabwe Retailers, was, however, urging its members to embrace the new measures as “these will further improve competitiveness.”

“The country has got to move on and embrace its own currency and have independence in monetary policy formulation and implementation,” Confederation of Zimbabwe Retailers (CZR) president Denford Mutashu said.

He added, however, that there was a need to “quickly work on confidence building measures around the new currency and also deal with the political side of the economy by putting national interests ahead of own personal aggrandisement, egos and gains/benefits.

“Zimbabwe first,” he said.

Restraint and prudence 

“The CZR further urges the RBZ to exercise restraint and prudence with the printing machine to safeguard the value of the Zim dollar, while the ministry of finance should desist from inconsistent policy pronouncements that has dented trust and confidence in the past.

“Further measures should be a product of continued consultations and engagement while the inclusive approach is encouraged forthwith,” said Mutashu.

Economist John Robertson said there was still “confusion” and called on business to “exercise caution”.

“We have to wait a few days for all of the inconsistencies in the new policy to be worked out and there could be amendments to the statements made on Monday, because some of them cannot work.

Many businesses will be forced to close if they were not able to earn the money which they need to replace their stocks,” Robertson said.

He added: “I am suggesting that everybody wait for a couple of days before taking a decision on what to do, because it could be expensive to try to readjust and then see further changes in the next few days.”

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