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Number Of Zimbabweans With Bank Accounts Increased To 3.3 Million In 2022

Number Of Zimbabweans With Bank Accounts Increased To 3.3 Million In 2022

The number of Zimbabweans with bank accounts has increased by 1.2 million to 3.3 million this year, according to a Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) survey.

In its 2022 report, FinScope also said financial inclusion in the country had generally improved. The FinScope survey read:

About 3,3 million or 46% of Zimbabweans are banked — this represents about 1,2 million adults (who) have been brought into the banking sphere between 2014 and 2022.

Youth (less than 25 years), senior adults (66+ years) and adults residing in rural areas are less likely to use bank services. Compared to 2014 there has been a notable increase in uptake of transactional accounts (either mobile money and or bank accounts) among all the groups, however, adults residing in rural areas and senior adults still lag in having formal accounts in their own name.

Overall, more adults are financially included in 2022 compared 2014, in all areas of access to formal financial products or services.

The FinScope Consumer Survey 2022 is the third such report following previous studies conducted in 2014 and 2011.

It interviewed about 3 000 people.

In August, RBZ deputy governor Jesimen Chikipa said while the number of financially included Zimbabweans had increased, it was still below the 90% target set by the central bank in 2016.

She attributed the rise in financial inclusion to a “robust” mobile money transfer system, although authorities were worried about the low uptake in Matabeleland provinces.

Chipika said the survey revealed that:

i). the most banked provinces were Bulawayo and Harare.

ii). Rural areas were riding on mobile money platforms.

iii). more efforts were still required to improve financial inclusion in Matabeleland North and South provinces.

She said this is likely to be a key target in the second phase of the National Financial Inclusion Strategy, which is underway.

Chipika said improved financial inclusion would be crucial in ironing out inequities between rural and urban populations in the country, which she traced back to colonial times.

However, the RBZ’s Quarterly Microfinance Report for Q2, 2022 revealed a decline in active bank accounts in Zimbabwe.

  1. Download: RBZ Q2,2022 Report

The report notes that as of March 2021, the total number of Bank Accounts was 9.06 million while the number of low-cost accounts was 5.82 million.

June 2021, bank accounts fell to 7.17 million; low-cost accounts dropped to 4.41 million.

September 2021, bank accounts further dropped to 6.69 million; low-cost accounts went up to 4.45 million.

December 2021, bank accounts went up to 8.17 million; low-cost accounts went up to 4.78 million.

March 2022, bank accounts dropped to 7.76 million; low-cost accounts went up to 4.83 million.

EcoCash, Zimbabwe’s largest mobile phone-based money transfer, financing and microfinancing service, lost 3.1 million subscribers since 2020. 

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14 Comments

SADZA 1 month ago

Empty bank accounts


Machiavelli 1 month ago

The shows that the Zanu Pf government is doing wonders in leaps and bounds I wouldn't mind giving them another 5years.


NHUBU 1 month ago

@machiavelli ndoda kuita shamwari yako yepamwoyo

Bank 1 month ago

Vanorwars kunobrws Mari nemsbank


Black Jack 1 month ago

More than half of those accounts are no longer active most people just opened so as access bank loans I was a brand ambassador for one of the banks Iam talking from experience


Zuze 1 month ago

No you are speaking from pessimistic mentality

1 month ago

These figures don't say much they are just skeletons without flesh. What are the reasons, causes for such projections, what was happening to the economy to cause uptake or decline


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patriot 1 month ago

kumaruzevha vanhu vanotemba ecocash


Ghost👽 1 month ago

😂😂😂 ehhh


Miner 1 month ago

Yangu its 4 months now without even 1 bond


o'brien 1 month ago

Can't imagine this nonsense is real. Someone is in the office jus to count bank accounts. kkkk now tell us kuti each account ine marii kuti muone kuti u are counting zvigunwe nema nails as two different things yet 40% ndeyeCivil servants, 20% is for money changers then the other 40% ma empty accounts ema unemployed youths who are hoping to use their accounts but the gvt is delaying to launch MAROVHA4ED


Billey 1 month ago

Kkkkk vakatora varimi vecotton vakavavhurisa maAccounts kuCABS in 2020 apa hapana kana cent rakamboisvamo,,, nonsense.


mbida 1 month ago

ma account e mentainance kkkk



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