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.

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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.

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This is the story of Dr. Pamela Kabaso, the current Executive Director of the Zambia Institute of Policy Analysis (ZIPAR), a semi-autonomous policy think tank supported by ACBF.  ZIPAR’s mandate is to conduct research and analysis for policy formulation, implementation and monitoring. Pamela is a beneficiary of two ACBF post graduate scholarships.

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.

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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.

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By Gibson Masumbu

Income inequality has attracted growing attention on the economic development platforms in recent years. From the many conversations on the topic, it is evident that many countries have recognized growing inequality as one of the biggest social, economic and political challenges of our time.

Economists are spending sleepless nights building databases and devising better methods of measuring it.

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Overall levels of productivity in Zambia have increased but productivity in the formal sector has declined by 3 percent a year, says new research from the Zambia Institute for Policy Analysis and Research.

In a presentation to a major conference to be held next week in Lusaka, Shebo Nalishebo, Senior Researcher at the Zambia Institute for Policy Analysis and Research (ZIPAR), will present new analysis which shows that productivity – the amount of output per worker – fell by an average of 3 per cent a year in the formal sector between 2008 and 2012.

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