Zimbabwe’s Economy: Government Launches Gold-Backed Digital Token ZiG to Tackle Inflation

Breaking Ground in Economic Stabilization

In a notable development reported by Cointelegraph, the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) has officially launched the use of its innovative gold-backed digital token, Zimbabwe Gold (ZiG), as a fully-fledged payment method. This strategic move, initiated in April 2023, positions each ZiG token as a tangible representation of a specific quantity of physical gold securely housed in the bank’s reserves.

Advancing Economic Stability

Following the successful issuance of physical gold tokens in the previous year, the RBZ’s latest initiative marks the next significant step in their innovative approach to stabilizing the nation’s economy. The overarching goal of both the physical coins and the freshly minted ZiG is to incentivize local investors to align with the national asset, steering away from the challenges posed by the U.S. dollar in a nation grappling with triple-digit inflation.


RBZ Governor’s Vision

RBZ Governor Dr. John Mangudya articulates the vision behind the gold-backed digital tokens, stating, “The issuance of the gold-backed digital tokens is designed to expand the value-preserving instruments available in the economy and enhance the investment instruments’ divisibility. It also aims to widen their accessibility and usage by the Zimbabwean public.”

Versatile Transactions with ZiG Tokens

The versatile ZiG tokens can be securely stored in either e-gold wallets or e-gold cards, facilitating both peer-to-peer and business transactions. This adaptability enhances their utility across various economic activities.


Transparent Trading Values

Given its trading value determined by gold reserves, ZiG offers a transparent and tangible value proposition. Interested parties can acquire one ounce of ZiG for $1,910 or 0.1 ounce for $191. Notably, the bank reported that in September, investors purchased the equivalent of 17.65 kg in ZiG using both Zimbabwean and American dollars, bringing the total ZiG sales since its inception to approximately 350 kg of gold.


Hopeful Solution to Economic Woes

This innovative approach emerges as a promising solution to Zimbabwe’s enduring economic challenges, marked by currency instability and surging inflation. Despite the adoption of the U.S. dollar as the official currency in 2009, renewed volatility followed the reintroduction of Zimbabwe’s currency in 2019, underscoring the urgent need for innovative solutions like ZiG. The gold-backed digital currency stands as a beacon of hope in navigating the complexities of economic stabilization and promoting sustainable financial practices.