Zimbabwe: Zim Banks Impose Tough Conditions On Foreign Currency Accounts Opening
Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube's ambitions of seeing US dollar balances swell within banks may turn out to be a pipe dream after Zimbabwean banks have imposed what many locals may find to be difficult conditions for one to open a Foreign Currency Account (FCA).
Ncube last month downgraded all RTGS accounts previously denominated in US dollars into the much dreaded Zimdollar balances while directing banks to create FCAs for all their clients. However, a market survey by NewZimbabwe.com Business has revealed that most local banks were demanding initial foreign currency deposit fees of not less than $20 for one to start operating an FCA.
FCAs will also not be spared the dreaded transaction and fixed monthly charges. The Commercial Bank of Zimbabwe (CBZ) in which government has interests is demanding USD$20 upfront for individual accounts and USD$100 in order to open corporate accounts. Depending on the accounts, amounts ranging from USD$30 to USD$90 will be deducted for transaction fees.
CBZ FCA's individual accounts will also attract 1, 25 percent withdrawal fees while corporate accounts will attract 2 percent withdrawal fees based on the total amount being withdrawn. National Merchant Bank (NMB) requires USD$20 for opening individual FCAs while USD$5 will be deducted in monthly charges and USD$100 for opening corporate accounts which will also attract monthly service charges.
ZB Bank and First Capital Bank (formerly Barclays) have set similar conditions as demanded by NMB. Government owned Post Office Savings Bank which has largely serviced poor income clients requires USD$10 for individual accounts and USD$3 as monthly charges. Almost all of the sampled banks said clients will not be able to electronically transfer monies to other local accounts of a similar nature. Read more on All Africa.
Source: All Africa