Category: Weekly Column

REFLECTION ON SOCIAL PROTECTION PROGRAMMES IN ZAMBIA.

In this week’s Monday Opinion, we focus on social protection and the non-contributory schemes that provide a safety net for the poor and vulnerable in Zambia. The Ministry of Community Development and Social Services defines social protection as “policies and practices that protect and promote the livelihoods and welfare of people suffering from critical levels…
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ECONOMIC DIVERSIFICATION OF THE MINING SECTOR –PART 2

In last week’s Monday Opinion, I delved into the policy and legal framework that governs economic diversification within the mining sector. In today’s Monday Opinion, I take the discussion further to elaborate on the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and recommended strategic interventions that can promote diversification in the mining sector away from copper.

ECONOMIC DIVERSIFICATION IN THE MINING SECTOR

In this Monday Opinion, I draw your attention to economic diversification in the Zambian mining industry. The discussion of this topic is in two parts. The first part, which is the focus of this Monday Opinion, will look at the policy and legal framework that governs economic diversification in the mining sector. Part two of…
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CAN COVID-19 IGNITE A RENEWED AGRICULTURAL VISION IN ZAMBIA

My last week’s feature ended somewhat on a gloomy note. That COVID-19 pandemic exposed fragilities in Zambia’s food systems at different levels. I made call for careful reflections about our future sources of food, who produces and for which markets. An argument was made around the need to think beyond the COVID-19 and plan with…
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Reflections on the Lost COVID-19 Window of Opportunity for Zambian Farmers

This feature makes an argument that lost COVID-19 window of opportunity for Zambian farmers should help us to reflect on what has gone wrong in Zambian food systems – reliant on inflows from regional countries – and wider support for smallholder agriculture – politically inclined and suffering from what can be described as short termism.

A GLANCE AT THE FIRST TWO MONTHS OF THE NEW DAWN NATIONAL BUDGET IMPLEMENTATION: PROJECTING THE END FROM THE BEGINNING -PART TWO.

In last week’s Monday Opinion, we relied on the fiscal performance for the first two months of the New Dawn Government’s maiden National Budget to situate what has been done so far within the broad context of Government’s 2022 National Budget aspirations.

A GLANCE AT THE FIRST TWO MONTHS OF THE NEW DAWN NATIONAL BUDGET IMPLEMENTATION: PROJECTING THE END FROM THE BEGINNING.

The New Dawn Government officially began implementing its maiden National Budget on 1st January 2022. The 2022 National Budget speech outlined Zambia’s aspirations for the 2022 fiscal year anchored on attaining a real Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth rate of 3.5 percent, reducing inflation to single digit by end of 2022 and within the 6-8…
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Taxation of the Digital Economy and Prospects for Domestic Resource Mobilization.

Last week’s Monday opinion focused on the digital economy and its potential for domestic resource mobilization (DRM) in Zambia, with a focus on tax opportunities in the ICT sector. We discuss Zambia’s prospects from the OECD’s two-pillar solution that seeks to accord countries taxing rights and a global minimum tax rate in this week’s Monday…
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DOES THE DIGITAL ECONOMY OFFER OPPORTUNITIES FOR DOMESTIC RESOURCE MOBILISATION?

In this week’s Monday opinion, we explore the digital economy, and its potential for Domestic Resource Mobilization (DRM) in Zambia. This article will focus on harnessing tax opportunities within the Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs) sector DOWNLOAD FULL ARTICLE HERE

Economic and Financial Crimes Court: Implications for Zambia

IN LAST week’s opinion, I looked at some of the proposed reforms to the Penal Code on criminal offences in Zambia. Intoday’s opinion, I focus on the Economic and Financial Crimes Court and economic and financial crimes (a major problem confronting the country that appears especially when one reviews the reports such as the auditor…
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