Only 8% of Zambia’s population make internet calls:30 Ngwee Internet Tax misguided

The Centre for Trade Policy and Development Researcher has charged that the 30-Ngwee Internet Tax is Misguided and has since asked Government to reverse this decision. On the 12th of August, 2018, the Zambian government held a cabinet meeting at which a collective decision was...

Restriction of selling indigenous seeds concerning

A membership based network of civil society organisation, Participatory Ecological Land-Use Management (PELUM) is concerned with the proposed regional laws that restrict the breed, sharing, exchange and selling of indigenous seed. PELUM Zambia Association is worried that the informal seed sector, which is the backbone...

Dambisa Moyo on democracy, China’s economic model and foreign aid

DOHA, QATAR, August 3, 2018/APO Group/ ..The bestselling author goes Head to Head with Mehdi Hasan at the Oxford Union: Argues that it is “mad, it’s crazy” not to see major problems in Western democracy today, asserting that today’s rise in populism; “has its...

Maize is a poor mans crop – Sinkamba

Green Party President Peter Sinkamba has maintained that maize is a poor mans crop which should not be used a poverty reduction strategy. Responding to a press query on the floor price of K65 per 50kg bag of maize, Mr. Sinkamba reiterated his 2016 presidential...

ZRA urged to publish the recently completed audit for mining companies

ZRA Headquarters
The Zambia Tax Platform has called on the Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) to publish outcomes from the recently finalized audit of mining companies. ZRA recently launched a tax probe after the authority unearthed a scam alleging that one of the giant mining companies had evaded...

How Zambia’s infatuation with maize has led to perpetual poverty

Introduction One of the most common proverbs in Zambia, says “Umwana ashenda atasha nyina ukunaya Ubwali” which loosely translates as “A child who does not visit, thinks it's mother is the best cook (of nshima)”. The interesting thing about this proverb, is not what it says, but...

How President Lungu’s loan ban and fiscal measures has averted a crisis and led Zambia to economic recovery

By Kalima Nkonde President Lungu’s decision to stop debt contraction, cancel some existing loans, terminate projects below the 80% completion rate, accelerate payment of suppliers and contractors owed arrears and the implementation of expenditure reduction measures should be applauded by all patriotic Zambians-overdue as it...

Zambia’s foreign debt may hit US$13 billion next year-Chikwanda

Minister of Finance Alexander Chikwanda addressing the gathering.
Zambia’s external debt may grow by more than 40 percent to $13 billion next year as the cost of planned projects are added to the total, and debt-servicing charges could double, according to former finance minister Alexander Chikwanda. The government of Africa’s second-biggest copper producer...

Economically Empowering Zambians through Infrastructure Investment

1. Introduction Every now and then, especially since the Patriotic Front took over the running of government, the citizenry of Zambia has become accustomed to hearing pronouncements of different projects being launched. In the beginning the people used to get excited and would praise the...

How to build Wakanda: Lessons for African leaders from ‘Black Panther’

As "Black Panther" nears a billion in box office worldwide, many Africans have flocked to theaters, sporting traditional African attires with pride to watch their brothers and sisters portrayed as superheroes, a narrative that has been lacking in popular culture. With the World Bank's Global...

Zambia must resist foreign pressure to weaken laws on GMOs

SOME corn flakes with traces of Genetically Modified Organism (GMOs) being destroyed by Luanshya Municipal Council workers at a dump site
Position on GMOs and the Revised Biotechnology and Biosafety Policy of 2003 Zambia must continue to uphold the highest biosafety standards Zambia’s approach to biosafety since the development of the Biotechnology and Biosafety Policy of 2003 has been cautious and aimed at ensuring high standards of...

KCM’s 2013 output sharply declines

Vedanta Resources has posted 19% lower fourth-quarter copper output from its Zambia operations on the back of lower ore production at its Konkola and Nchanga underground mines. The company’s copper output l for the three months to March reached 27 000 tones, compared with the...

Consumer Unit Trust predicts price increases

The Consumer Unit Trust Society International (CUTS) Zambia says a price rise in commodities is expected following the rebasing of the kwacha. CUTS programme officer Tommy Singongi said this is because most business houses have incurred extra costs following the changing of their systems. Mr. Singongi...

Chinese Ambassador commends rebased currency

Chinese Ambassador to Zambia Zhou Yuxiao says the newly launched rebased Zambian currency will make business easy for Chinese investors working in Zambia due to its similarity to their currency Yuan. The Chinese Ambassador noted that the Chinese people will have no difficulties understanding the...

Zambian government’s plan to ban raw copper exports may be detrimental to the Mining Industry

The PF governments' plans to ban the export of raw copper is expected to be highly discriminatory against the mining industry and undermine the integrity of Zambia as an investment destination. Chamber of Mines of Zambia (CMZ) president Frederick Bantubonse and Association of Zambian Mineral...