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This is the 20th edition of the ZEPARU Economic Barometer, which is a flagship quarterly publication of ZEPARU that
generally gives an overview of the status of the Zimbabwe economy at a given time.

The developing world, particularly Africa, is awash with natural resources including unparalleled mineral endowments yet Africa is considered the poorest continent on Earth.

This study was done for the Ministry of Mines and Mining Development with funding from Governance and Institutional Support Project (GISP) under African Development Bank

This edition of ZEPARU’s Economic Barometer sets out the key economic data for Zimbabwe, predominantly covering the period January to December 2015. It is an easy to access compendium of information for anyone interested in the Zimbabwean economy.

As a strategy to promote the tourism sector based on its contribution to the economy in Zimbabwe, Government decided to exempt accommodation services for tourists from Value Added Tax (VAT).

This edition of the Economic Barometer predominantly covers the period July - September 2015. 

The composite leading indicator (CLI) index shows that economic activity has generally been improving in the first half of 2014 but has slowed down in the first four months of the second half before contracting in November 2014.

This study was carried out to conduct an evaluation of cost drivers affecting the competitiveness of Zimbabwean businesses.

Growth at the global level during the first quarter of 2014 was generally below expectations, resulting in a downward revised forecast for 2014 to 3.4% instead of the original forecast of 3.7%.

Global economic activity has broadly strengthened and is expected to improve further in 2014 through to 2015.

This paper provides a synopsis of the international and country experiences with financial liberalization/reform.

Agriculture is the backbone of the Zimbabwean economy with the rural majority deriving their livelihood from agriculture and other related agricultural economic activities.