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DYNAMICS OF ZAMBIA’S PETROLEUM PRICES – ARE MONTHLY REVIEWS A PROBLEM?

Post the August 2021 elections, government embarked on sectoral economic reforms aimed at rebuilding the economy. Key reforms in the energy sector involved the removal of some fuel subsidies, placing of INDENI refinery on care and maintenance and much more recently, the introduction of monthly reviews for setting pump prices of fuel whose pros and…
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UNPACKING THE PROPOSED REFORMS TO THE PENAL CODE

IN THIS week’s Monday Opinion, I’ll break down the proposed penal code reforms. The following issues will be considered: the repeal of “insult laws”/criminal defamation, the use of gender-neutral language in sexual offenses, the raising of the criminal age of responsibility from eight to fourteen, the abolition of the death penalty, and the abolition of…
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GOVERNMENT URGED TO DISCLOSE THE ECONOMIC REFORMS IT HAS PLANNED TO UNDERTAKE

CTPD Executive Director Mr. Isaac Mwaipopo notes with concern that while citizens have seen a number of changes being undertaken by the current Government, it remains unclear if these changes are part of the economic reforms it had planned to undertake. DOWNLOAD HERE

GOVERNMENT URGED TO EXPEDITE THE PROCESS OF DISBURSING OPERATIONAL FUNDS TO PUBLIC SCHOOLS .

The Centre for Trade Policy and Development (CTPD) is concerned that a number of Public Schools have not received operational support funds aimed at facilitating the implementation of free education in the country.

ADRESSING INEQUALITY NEEDS STRONG POLITICAL WILL

The year 2022 is set to mark Zambia’s 58th year of national independence, a time in which the country will look back to the several strides made in achieving national unity and economic prosperity. Yet, to look back and reflect on the poverty and inequality statistics in the country, exacerbated by alarming corruption and misuse…
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GOVERNMENT SHOULD REVISIT THE CYBER SECURITY AND CRIMES ACT AND MAKE AMENDMENTS TO SOME OF ITS PROBLEMATIC PROVISIONS.

With the advancement in science and rights technology, the world has gradually transformed itself into digital space with increasing use of the internet, mobile devices, social networking, and computing data. Zambia has been no stranger to this modern digital era and the cyber space has become an increasingly large part of our day-to-day lives.

CTPD URGES GOVERNMENT TO AGRESSIVELY IMPLEMENT A ROBUST LOCAL CONTENT FRAMEWORK

Zambia’s mining history dates back over 100 years ago. This rich history is attributed to its unique geographical positioning. In addition to copper, Zambia boasts of other mineral resources including base metals, precious, industrial, gemstones, and energy minerals. Our benefits from the mining sector as a country have been narrowed to fiscal linkages i.e., garnering…
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GOVERNMENT NEEDS TO EXERCISE CAUTION WITH REDESIGNING MINING FISCAL POLICY

The new dawn Government has signalled a move to support the increase in copper production, from 800,000 tonnes to over 3 million tonnes in 10 years. This coupled with high copper prices will bring in more dollars through taxes and export earnings, create more jobs and business opportunities, etc.

IS AN INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND (IMF) PACKAGE BETRAYAL OF THE ZAMBIAN PEOPLE OR DEBT TRAP?

As Centre for Trade Policy and Development (CTPD), we would like to commend Government for taking very bold and highly ambitious stance towards an IMF programme. The country’s much needed political will to transform the economy.

CTPD WELCOMES THE NEW ADMINISTRATION’S COMMITMENT TOWARDS TRADE AND INVESTMENT PROMOTION.

The Centre for Trade Policy and Development (CTPD) welcomes the new administration’s commitment towards the promotion of Trade and Investment, as it is key in fostering economic development and revenue generation. It is cardinal to consider the interest of both local and foreign investors by ensure there is a balanced competitive environment that promotes the…
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