Brexit: What then for Zambia-UK Trade?

by Shimukunku Manchishi and Mwanda Phiri

31st January, 2020 was dubbed Brexit day – the day that officially marked the United Kingdom’s long-awaited withdrawal from the European Union (EU). Brexit, an abbreviation for ‘British exit’ from the EU, has dominated global affairs over the last four years. This is on the back of a monumental decision made in the United Kingdom (UK) on 23rd June 2016 that saw nearly 52% of 30 million plus Britons, vote to leave the EU in a referendum. Although the motivation for Brexit remains a debatable subject, a poll conducted by the Centre for Social Investigation in 2018 revealed two primary reasons for the majority vote to leave the EU; immigration concerns and a quest for sovereignty.

A Cost Reflective Tariff: Damned if we don’t

by Chama Bowa-Mundia, Mwanda Phiri and Bernard Tembo

The Energy Regulation Board recently held public hearings for different stakeholders to weigh in on ZESCO’s application to revise electricity tariffs upward by a weighted average rate of 113%.  According to ZESCO, this adjustment is necessitated by, among other reasons, the changes in prevailing macro-economic conditions and the increase in the cost of generating electricity, both from ZESCO’s own plants and from the Independent Power Producers (IPPs). ZESCO further argues that increased tariffs will lead to improved service delivery. This tariff application has further been motivated by the immediate need to finance power imports aimed at reducing the long hours of load shedding.

ZIPAR Welcomes IMF Visit

by Caesar Cheelo and Nakubyana Mungomba

At the end of October, the Ministry of Finance reported that the IMF would undertake a staff visit to Zambia to exchange views with the authorities about policies for stabilizing the economy. With the IMF team expected in the country this week, ZIPAR commends Government for its timely effort in bringing the Fund back to the discussion table.

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