Harare — Britain will support Zimbabwe in getting onto an interim International Monetary Fund (IMF) staff programme to help the country quickly clear its foreign arrears, Britain’s ambassador in Harare said on Tuesday. Clearing the $1.8bn in arrears to the World Bank and African Development Bank is seen as a major step for Zimbabwe to start accessing foreign credit, especially for the private sector, as well as foreign direct investment. British ambassador to Zimbabwe Catriona Laing said an IMF programme would help the former British colony expedite the clearance of its arrears. "We are here to give that support to try and encourage a process back to an IMF programme, perhaps through an interim staff monitoring programme, as soon as possible. Laing said this would enable Zimbabwe "to start a serious dialogue" around the clearance of the arrears. Zimbabwe’s finance minister Mthuli Ncube said President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government was still deciding whether to follow the heavily in...

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