The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe. THE central bank this week disclosed that the foreign payment backlog now stretches as far as 12 months for many companies due to a deepening foreign currency crisis, which has restricted the importation of raw materials and equipment.    Although the central bank has secured US$1,1 billion facilities from the African Export Import Bank since 2016 to boost exports and support international payments, the country is still struggling with a foreign currency crisis. The country’s foreign payment backlog is, however, expected to ease when the tobacco selling season opens in the next few weeks. Tobacco sales average $500 million annually, making the crop one of the country’s major foreign currency earners, along…