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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.

The Zambia Chamber of Mines has released a report on the impact of the Government’s proposed Sales Tax. In case you haven’t had time to read it, here are the key take-aways: The research illustrates that many Zambian mining...
An interesting interview in which Proflight’s chief pilot, Gerald Tembo, tells the story of how he fell in love with flying as a child, why his favourite plane is the Boeing 777 and how Proflight’s traffic to N.W. Province...
How much copper does Zambia produce every year? It’s a straightforward question, yet until very recently, one might get several different answers, depending on which government department or agency one asked. “You’d get contrasting sets of figures, sometimes varying by...
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...
In 1999, at the time of privatisation of Zambia’s previously nationalised copper-mining industry, tax revenue from the industry was barely K22 million. By 2010, just over a decade later, it had shot up to more than K8 billion. That means...
The announcement earlier this month of a proposed 75% increase in ZESCO’s electricity prices has prompted a number of critical reactions. They include criticism from the African Consumers Union and the Millers Association of Zambia, with the latter arguing that...
Zambia has some pretty big copper mines, and is Africa’s second-largest copper producer. But how do our mines compare on a global scale? And which country has the biggest mines? Prepare to be amazed as we go through the...
At a time when Zambia, and many other countries, are trying to maximise tax revenue from big foreign companies, Ireland is doing the exact opposite. Ireland, a member of the European Union (EU), was ordered by the European Commission to...
Depending on which side of the fence one sits, mining is either a massive contributor to employment and economic growth, or it is not contributing enough and needs to be reformed. This difference was of opinion was evident right at...
Ten years ago, Solwezi was a remote, rural outpost that few people wanted to visit. Today, it is a major mining town that lies at the heart of Zambia’s largest copper-producing region. See this fascinating transformation through the eyes...

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