On Tuesday, Zimbabwe lifted import duties on a range of basic goods – including rice, cooking oil, sugar, maize meal, milk powder, and soap – for the next six months. Fin24 reports that highlighting the impact of the war in Ukraine, and saying that the government aimed to stabilise the economy, contain inflationary pressures, and restore the purchasing power of the local currency, Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube said the new measures are aimed at improving access to affordable basic commodities. “Those with free funds are, with immediate effect, permitted to make use of these funds and other resources to import basic commodities,” Ncube said.