Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Zimbabwe inflation hits 11,200,000 percent

zimbabwe inflationHARARE, Zimbabwe (CNN) -- Zimbabwe's inflation rate has soared in the past three months and is now at 11.2 million percent, the highest in the world, according to the country's Central Statistical Office.

Zimbabwe's inflation rate has soared to a world high.

Official figures dated Monday show inflation has surged from the rate of 2.2 million percent recorded in May, despite the government's price controls.

The country's finance minister confirmed the new figure in an interview but said the rising inflation rate was not confined to Zimbabwe alone.

"While our case has been aggravated by the illegal sanctions imposed by the Western powers, rising food prices are a world phenomenon because of the use of bio-fuel," said Samuel Mumbengegwi. "But we will continue to fight inflation by making sure that prices charged are realistic."

In February, the price of a loaf of bread in the country was less than 200,000 Zimbabwe dollars. On Monday, that same loaf of bread cost 1.6 trillion Zimbabwe dollars.

Analysts have said the Zimbabwean government's official inflation rate figures are conservative. Last week, one of Zimbabwe's leading banks, Kingdom Bank, said the country's inflation rate was now more than 20 million percent.

The locally-owned bank predicted tougher times ahead for Zimbabwe in the absence of donor support and foreign investment in an economy that has been in freefall for almost a decade.

Full article: CNN/world business

1 comment:

Living Zimbabwe said...

Zimbabwe, my heart just cries when I see all that is going on in Zimbabwe. I do wish to be back home living and enjoying life there. That was the Zimbabwe I knew before I left to seek and education overseas. I have a young daughter and when I eventually take her home to see her grandparents and the place where her parents were born her experience will not be the same as it was in days gone by but hopefully she will still enjoy it. How a nation manages to reach a level of inflation that high is beyond me…………………What can be done?