Category: Weekly Column

REFLECTIONS ON ZAMBIA’S TRADE PERFORMANCE FOR THE YEAR 2021-PART 2

In last week’s Monday Opinion, I provided insight as to how factors such as foreign market access and regional economic integration play a pivotal role in contributing to a countries overall trade performance. In this week’s article, I take a step further by analysing the statistical data surrounding Zambia’s 2021 trade performance.

REFLECTIONS ON ZAMBIA’S TRADE PERFORMANCE FOR THE YEAR 2021.

In recent years and with the coming in of the new government administration, we have heard an emphasis on the need for Zambia to harmonize trade policy and create a good investment climate that will promote trade and investment in the country.

ENHANCING THE EFFICACY OF SOCIAL PROTECTION AMIDST ECONOMIC REFORMS – PART TWO

In last week’s edition of our Monday Opinion, I relied on a study conducted by the Centre for Trade Policy and Development (CTPD) with support from Save the Children in 2020 to highlight some inherent challenges facing the social cash transfer program and made an attempt to prescribe plausible solutions. I motivated the discussion by…
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ENHANCING THE EFFICACY OF SOCIAL PROTECTION AMIDST ECONOMIC REFORMS

In recent years, Zambia has grappled with diverse challenges, spanning from economic and political to social. The state of the economy which slid into a COVID-19 and public debt driven recession in 2020 has been topical in policy conversations

HARNESSING THE ECONOMIC POTENTIAL OF THE MINING SECTOR THROUGH LOCAL CONTENT AND ARTISANAL AND SMALL-SCALE MINING: (PART II)

IN LAST week’s Monday Opinion, I focused on elucidating how we can harness the economic potential of Zambia’s mining sector through the lens of local content and Artisanal and Small-scale Mining (ASM). Particularly, I dissected the challenges within the sector on these two fronts. In today’s Monday Opinion, I take the discussion further to prescribe…
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Does Zambia need an IMF bailout package or not?

In this weeks’ Monday opinion, we delve into the issue of whether Zambian needs an IMF Package or not. Does it mean that there are no other options to correct the debt situation and finance our public expenditure?

PROSPECTS FOR RESTORING MACRO-ECONOMIC STABILITY UNDER THE NEW ADMINSTRATION

With slightly over a fortnight since Zambia went to the polls and ushered in a new administration, expectations for the new Government are high as stakeholders within and outside the country await to see the policy direction that Government will take, with more stakeholders particularly interested to see the economic recovery strategy that will be…
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Leveraging Chinese Capital and Aid to Bolster Zambia’s Industrialization amid High Public Debt Levels – Part 2

This article is the sequel to last week’s which argued that amid Zambia’s high public debt levels, China is an important developmental partner for Zambia because of Chinese FDI and aid, but Zambia will need to leverage this relationship to bolster its own industrial development.

When No intervention Means Intervention: Harnessing Agriculture Residence Requires Strategic Thinking

In my last week’s feature of the Monday opinion, I highlighted general trends of resilience in the agricultural sector, particularly at a micro-scale. An argument was made that this trend shows more could be achieved with the sector particularly that the Government of the Republic of Zambia identified agriculture as a key priority sector in…
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Agriculture resilience shows more can be achieved with the sector

In this feature, I argue that general trends of resilience in the agricultural sector particularly at a micro-scale show more could be achieved with the sector. Strategic planning underpinned by the long term could help to unlock and harness the sector’s potential. The Government of the Republic of Zambia identified agriculture as a key priority…
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