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Since 2013, the Kwacha has lost more than forty percent on the back of falling metal prices and legislative drawbacks. As it is well known, Zambia’s exports strongly depend on metals: copper and cobalt. About three quarters of foreign earnings still accrue to metals, a feature that has amplified the exposure of the country to global fluctuations.
Zambia can achieve remarkable economic growth that can reduce poverty and create descent employment by industrializing. Recent renewed interests towards industrialization by the Government and SADC are laudable.
By Felix Mwenge
The 2013-2014 Zambian Demographic and Health Survey (ZDHS) report was officially launched recently by the Central Statistical Office. The ZDHS is an internationally recognized survey that collects nationwide information on various health and population related issues, useful for health, demographic and social development planning.
The current ZDHS is arguably very timely for at least two reasons. Firstly, the Revised Sixth National Development Plan (rSNDP) will come to an end in 2016 and the ZDHS can give insights about the achievement of health outcomes during the rSNDP period and where gaps remain. This is important for drafting the Seventh National Development Plan which will follow.
By Caesar Cheelo
At an African Researcher's Conference years ago, a brief exchange between two participants revealed vividly the divergent mentalities of African thinkers.
One participant seemed convinced that the West had become stringent about testing the compliance of African originating foods with required standards on quality and consumer safety. His conspiracy theory was that this stringency was a deliberate ploy to unfairly restrict African food products from entering Western markets and to rob Africa of every possible opportunity to expand its global food trade.
by Mwanda Phiri and Shebo Nalishebo
The destination of Zambia's copper exports has recently triggered a myriad of reactions from various stakeholders in Zambia. While official Zambian trade statistics label Switzerland as the major destination of Zambia's copper exports (accounting for 59.5% in 2014), many stakeholders contend that China is in fact the major destination market.
Arguably, this large volume of trade between Zambia and Switzerland comes as a surprise to many stakeholders largely because copper is not a product for which there is particular significant demand in Switzerland.
Dr Kabaso narrates her story on how ACBF scholarship helped change her life and enabled her to contribute to evidence-based policy making in Zambia.
By Albert Halwampa
The Government recently introduced a new mining tax regime in the 2015 national budget and the reverberations of this decision are still being felt as various stakeholders express their reactions. For instance, the Chamber of Mines has warned that the new regime is likely to hit investment.
One of the major mining companies, Barrick Gold, has also warned of the possibility of suspending operations if parliament approves the new tax measures. Barrick claims that the $45million tax they currently pay annually will increase to approximately $150 million.