Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa said in October Harare planned a sovereign wealth fund law by February but hinted at the time the government might not have any money at first due to the need to overhaul crumbling infrastructure.
But a Sovereign Wealth Fund of Zimbabwe Bill seen by Reuters on Monday said a “portion, not exceeding a quarter of royalties” from seven minerals, including gold, platinum and diamonds, would be paid into the fund.
The southern African country has said it wants a fund to buy shares in foreign-owned companies, including mines, under President Robert Mugabe‘s controversial black economic empowerment programme.
However, there were no provisions for this in the bill.
The bill is guaranteed to pass the two chambers of parliament where Mugabe’s ZANU-PF party enjoys a commanding majority after a landslide victory in presidential and parliamentary elections held last July.
Mugabe is set to be the trustee and patron of the fund, whose board will be appointed by the finance minister.