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Economic Contribution

The economy of contribution takes place, in the manner of a general economy, alongside the market, public and gift economies: Through regulation by prices, public decision making and by the principle of reciprocity, the economy of contribution replaces regulation by the interactions of participation (both quantitative and qualitative) within an activity.

When it comes to developing a more investor-friendly mining policy, Zambia doesn’t always have to look to countries like Chile for inspiration; there’s an equally good example right on its doorstep – Botswana. Mining policy in Botswana is predictable, competitive...
The recent call by Mines Minister, Honourable Christopher Yaluma, for Zambia to start manufacturing finished copper products locally instead of importing them is a timely opportunity for the country to ask itself some pertinent questions on this vital issue. What...
For a place that was referred to as a “ghost town” not so long ago, and has known more ups and downs than a rollercoaster, the Copperbelt mining town of Luanshya seems to be doing pretty well. Shoprite, Zambia’s leading...
Zambia is often referred to as a landlocked country. In terms of trade, this has always been seen as a weakness because the cost of international trade rises with no direct access to the sea. However, one of the messages...
Following Zambia’s 29 April 2021 mining indaba, at which the promise of a review of mining tax policies renewed hopes that the country may be back in the running as a viable investment destination, an online conference on 26...
Farmers following Kansanshi’s Conservation Farming Program have turned their subsistence farms into profitable businesses When in 2010 Kansanshi Mining PLC offered its very first training program on conservation farming methods to seven farmers in the greater Solwezi area, the company...
The aftermath of the annual budget speech in Zambia is hardly the most thrilling of events; but this time around, at the annual KPMG-hosted budget debriefing in Lusaka at the Intercontinental Hotel, there was a distinct sense of something...
There is no shortage of commentary in national media which characterises the mining tax reforms that are underway as “tax holidays” or “tax breaks”. This implies that Zambia's mining companies are being excused from paying tax, or that these...
A major criticism of the extractive industries in developing countries is that they leave a hole in the ground and not much else. In a nutshell, the argument goes, the lucrative minerals beneath the soil generate significant wealth for...
Veronica Ryder, owner and founder of the Kansanshi Hotel in Solwezi, relates the fascinating story of how a bare patch of ground that nobody wanted was turned into the town’s premier place of accommodation for business travellers. As explained...

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