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Walking a Tight Rope to Economic Recovery “Restoring Fiscal Fitness for Sustained Inclusive Growth and Development”

A clear link was established between the 2017 National Budget speech and the medium-term Economic Recovery Programme dubbed “Zambia Plus”. The budget, in this regard, will be as a key instrument for establishing a foundation for economic recovery …

High Poverty Levels in the Face of Sustainable Economic Growth in Zambia

The highlights of this report are mainly as follows: Unprecedented growth was recorded in Zambia for more than a decade after recording an average growth rate of 7.2 % per annum. Growth over this period was achieved by a combination of factors which…

Casualisation Opinion Poll Report

The purpose of the opinion poll was to inform the Government, other key stakeholders and the general public about the opinions of various Show goers regarding various issues on Casualisation. Decidedly, while the opinion poll is not representative …

A Tightening Balancing Act: Economic Implications of Zambia's Balance of Payments Performance

International trade, development and investment are primary drivers of globalization. In 2014, Zambia’s trade openness – in terms of total monetary flows on all export and import transactions combined – was estimated at 79.6% of GDP while the total …

Calming the Copperbelt Economic Storm

During the last five years, the Zambian economy has been slapped by a series of turbulent macroeconomic challenges. The most notable shocks were the steep drop in the global price of copper, Zambia’s main foreign exchange earner, severe electricity …

Labour Market Regulations and Labour Market Outcomes in Zambia: A Firms’ Perspective

This report has provided a comprehensive review of key labour laws and regulations in Zambia drawing from various pieces of legislation. The report has also revealed the perception of firms on current labour laws and regulations and how these laws…

China-Africa Trade Developments and Impacts: Case of China-Zambia Relations

This study sought to undertake a critical comparative assessment of the trade (and other underpinning socioeconomic) developments in China, Africa and Zambia, with a view to understanding their impetus as well as their consequences, both positive an…

A Cautionary Tale of Zambia’s International Sovereign Bond Issuances

"In recent years, Zambia has been faced with the increased need to plug huge infrastructural gaps. However, the slowing down of bilateral and multilateral financing due to austerity measures in developed economies has made the country diversify it…

Electricity Sub-Sector Industry

"This Investment brief presents a profile of the Electricity Sub-Sector Industry in Zambia. The objective of the brief is to provide quick insights on the Zambian economy and the existing investment opportunities in the electricity industry."

Manufacturing Industry

"This Investment brief presents a simplified profile of the manufacturing industry in Zambia. The objective of the brief is to provide quick insights on the Zambian economy and the existing investment opportunities in the manufacturing sector. Zambi…

Tourism Sector

"This Investment brief presents a profile of the Tourism sector in Zambia. The objective of the brief is to provide quick insights on the Zambian economy and the existing investment opportunities in the Tourism sector. In 2014, Zambia’s real economi…

A Guide to Mining Taxation in Zambia

"With some of the worst poverty statistics in Africa, Zambia appears to have little to show for a century of mining. While much work has been undertaken on mining taxation in Zambia, it has been quite technical in nature. This is out of reach of mos…

Electricity Sub-Sector Brief

"This ZIPAR Quarterly pull-out presents quick insights on Zambia’s power crisis and the firm-level costs and provides a synopsis of the Electricity Sub-Sector Industry in Zambia."

Understanding youth labour demand constraints in Zambia: The mining, manufacturing and construction sectors

"Zambia is among many developing countries struggling to create adequate employment opportunities for its people, especially in the formal economy. There is high youth unemployment, especially in urban areas where it has surged to 40.4% for females …

Eurobonds Repayment: Limiting the Risk of Default

"In recent years, the Zambian economy has been growing strongly and the country has increasingly been faced with the need to plug huge infrastructural gaps. However, the slowing down of bilateral and multilateral financing due to austerity measures …

Promoting job-rich urbanisation in Zambia

"Despite the country’s robust economic growth, evidence shows that its urban labor markets are not creating enough of the kinds of jobs that will propel inclusive growth and maximize Zambia’s “demographic dividend.” Real wages declined between 2012 …

In the eye of a storm: "The impact of the economic slowdown on the labour market in promoting job-rich urbanisation in Zambia"

"At that point, with the Zambian economy having experienced impressive growth rates over a long period of time, the central question was how to ensure job rich growth. Soon after the project’s launch however, the Zambian economy took a turn for the …

The ZIPAR Quarterly Issue 1

"This quarterly newsletter takes a look at tax evasion still being a challenge in Zambia, enhancing export performance in Zambia and innovative ways of bridging the financial gap for the poor. The cover story "Lusaka needs Public Transport Reforms"…

Comparison of Welfare Status of Districts in Zambia

"In this paper we make welfare comparisons among districts of Zambia using multidimensional wellbeing indicators observed at the household level. The comparisons are conducted using a first order dominance approach developed by Arndt et al. It is as…

The Birth, Death and Survival of Exports in Zambia 1999 - 2011

"This paper deals with the dynamics of Zambia’s export performance, analyzing the birth, death and persistence of exporting in various products and destinations. We use a framework that has recently proliferated in international trade to decompose t…

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