A German company, Giesecke and Devrient has reportedly rejected a request by Zimbabwe to print bond notes for the country’s cash-strapped treasury.
According to Zimbabwe Independent, the southern African country had since turned to South Africa for help.
Zimbabwe’s Reserve Bank governor John Kangudya recently announced that the bond notes were expected to be in circulation by the end of October.
Mangudya said that by the end of December, at least $75m (R1 billion) worth of bond notes would be in circulation.
The German firm, which had previously helped Zimbabwe print money, was reluctant to print the bond notes as confusion surrounding the introduction of the surrogate currency continued.
“According to information that we have from the said company, it will not print bond notes for the government of Zimbabwe. Other than that, I cannot say more,” an official from the German embassy was quoted as saying.
The southern African country adopted the US dollar and South African rand in 2009 after inflation, which peaked at 231 million%. But the country has since run out of the US dollar notes in recent months, and hopes to ease the cash crunch by printing its own “bond notes” will be valued in denominations of $2, $5, $10 and $20.
The bond notes would reportedly be equivalent to the US dollar and would be backed by a $200m (R2.8 billion) facility provided by the Afreximbank bank.