How will Zambia’s already weakened economy survive the mounting fiscal pressures of COVID-19? The Zambia Chamber of Mines’ brand new report, The Road to Recovery: A policy brief for a post-COVID Zambian economy, offers a narrow pathway to redemption...
In Part 1 of Zambia’s history of copper production, we reflected on the country’s progression from the early days of large-scale production of the red metal almost 100 years ago, to the challenges that led to the re-privatisation of...
This year’s Africa Day on 25 May commemorated the 57th anniversary of 32 leaders’ establishment of the Organisation of African Unity, today the African Union. In marking the holiday, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa described Africa’s COVID-19 response as...
Employment laws should strike a balance between promoting the rights of workers, and ensuring businesses remain profitable enough to provide for broad employment.  The Employment Code Act (ECA) has been widely criticised for disrupting this balance since it was first...
On 29 April, the World Bank, the African Development Bank, along with the United States of America and the United Kingdom, announced the provision of K2.7 billion in financial support to the Government of Zambia in the fight against...
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to sweep across the world, leaving economic devastation in its wake, leaders throughout Africa have taken decisive action to keep businesses afloat and workers in employment.  What are the key measures that are being implemented...
In this third article with renowned economist Professor Oliver Saasa, we ask for his views on the impact of Government’s COVID-19 relief measures* to date, seek his advice on possible further action, and ask for his reaction to the...
With more than 7,000 cases now confirmed across the continent, Africa is facing the reality of a ‘third wave’ of the coronavirus. Since Zambia’s first COVID-19 fatality succumbed on 2 April, it is becoming clear that Africa will not...
As we discussed last week, the COVID-19 pandemic – whilst first and foremost a public health emergency – is creating a global economic crisis in its wake, which could cause longer lasting disruption than the virus itself. For the...
The rapid spread of the coronavirus (officially named COVID-19) from its origin and epicentre in the central Chinese city of Wuhan in Hebei Province to elsewhere in China in late January was perhaps the first indication that what began...

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