In 2010, Zambia ranked as the 5th Largest African exporter of tobacco, with an annual export value of over US$110 million which accounts for only 0.9% of Gross Domestic Product compared to 3% of GDP for Malawi. However, the Tobacco Industry in Zambia contends that the most notable contribution of tobacco to the economy is it’s contributions in terms of employment. The Tobacco Industry claims direct employment in the sub-sector is about 450,000 people, and that the majority of which are in the rural areas (TBZ, 2017).
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