The domestic banking sector remained in a safe and sound position during 2022, with strong asset quality and adequately capitalised institutions. In the face of rapid technological developments, the sector enhanced its risk management systems and improved bank business models. All banking institutions were adequately capitalised and experienced improved financial intermediation.
The tight monetary policy stance pursued by the Bank in 2021 resulted in sustained deceleration in annual inflation from 362.63% in January 2021 to 50.25% by the end of August 2021. However headline inflation, gradually rose in the last quarter of 2021 to end the year at 60.73%, driven by the sustained increase inforeign exchange parallel market premiums and thegeneral increase in global food and oil prices as a result of Covid-19 induced supply chain challenges.
The year 2020 was, by and large, a challenging one. The first half of 2020 was strenuous as the country, like the world over, had to deal with the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic as well as the rising inflation pressures in the economy...The financial statements of the Bank attached to this Annual Report show an inflation adjusted surplus of ZW$7 billion in 2020.
This Annual Report provides an outline of the role of the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe in its price and financial system stability mandate. The Report also presents the audited financial statements of the Bank for the year ended 31 December 2019.