Author: Mapalo Mutale

The Cyber Security and Cyber Crimes Act: Why the Need for Change So Soon?

In last week’s Monday Opinion, we looked at a newly enacted law – the Children’s Code Act, which we stated that if well implemented, has the potential to address a wide range of issues affecting children. In this week’s opinion, still in the spirit of law development and reform, we will look at a rather…
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THE CHILDREN’S CODE ACT: High-Way to Progressivity?

This week’s Monday Opinion examines the Children’s Code Act, No.12 of 2022, a recently enacted piece of law. For the first time in the country’s history, there is a comprehensive piece of law governing children (persons below the age of 18), thanks to this statute. Briefly stated, Zambia has been a signatory to both the…
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The 2023 National Budget: A Deep Reflection on the Mining Sector.

The 2023 budget has made serious pronouncements on the mining sector covering a wide spectrum of issues. The pronouncements have seen key changes in mineral royalty, and Property Transfer Tax (PTT). The budget speech also touches on other issues including Artisanal and Small-scale Mining (ASM), geological mapping, the Kalumbila multi-facility economic zone, manufacturing of car…
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ASSESSMENT OF THE BANK OF ZAMBIA ZMW10 BILLION COVID-19 STIMULUS PACKAGE (PART 2)

IN LAST week’s opinion piece, I introduced the Bank of Zambia (BOZ) Targeted Medium Term Refinancing Facility (TMTRF) which was instituted to provide funds to targeted sectors which include Agriculture, Manufacturing, Energy, and Tourism. Last week, I highlighted the overarching finding from a study that was conducted by the Centre for Trade Policy and Development…
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CTPD EXPECTATIONS FROM THE PRESIDENTS OFFICIAL OPENING OF PARLIAMENT SESSION: Improved regulation of Tobacco

The dangerous and harmful effects of tobacco consumption cannot be overstated – it is one of the leading causes of non-communicable diseases such as lung cancer, ischemic heart disease, stroke, asthma, respiratory infections, and the list goes on. According to the Ministry of Health, tobacco is responsible for over 7,000 deaths annually in the country,…
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CTPD APPLAUDS ZAMBIA’S EXTENDED CREDIT FACILITY APPROVAL OF US$1.3 BILLION

The Centre for Trade Policy and Development welcomes the approval of an Extended Credit Facility by the Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund. With the help of this significant achievement, Zambia will be able to restructure its unsustainable debt, regain macroeconomic stability, and ensure the debt’s sustainability all while freeing up cashflows to be…
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ASSESSMENT OF THE BANK OF ZAMBIA ZMW10 BILLION COVID-19 STIMULUS PACKAGE (PART 1)

In the first quarter of 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic gravitated to many countries in the globe and sent several economies into sporadic lockdowns. For Zambia, the pandemic exacerbated existing economic vulnerabilities and drove the economy into a recession. The Bank of Zambia (BOZ), like other arms of Government, instituted complimentary measures to safeguard financial system…
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ASSESSMENT OF THE ROLL-OUT OF THE BANK OF ZAMBIA TARGETED MEDIUM-TERM REFINANCING FACILITY (TMTRF)

In the first quarter of 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic gravitated to many countries in the globe and sent several economies into sporadic lockdowns. For Zambia, the pandemic exacerbated existing economic vulnerabilities and drove the economy into a recession. DOWNLOAD HERE

MANGANESE IS AN ESSENTIAL MINERAL IN THE GREEN ECONOMIC TRANSITION PROCESS

Zambia is richly endowed with a vast number of mineral resources within its geographical confines including base, gemstones, energy, precious, and industrial minerals. However, over the past years, the country has been heavily reliant on the copper mining sector dwarfing the exploitation of other mineral resources. DOWNLOAD TO READ MORE