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Zambian economic growth to exceed 4% in 2018

The Zambian government expects economy to grow by more than 4 percent this year helped by the mining, agriculture and construction sectors, Finance Minister Margaret Mwanakatwe said. The southern African nation had initially targeted at least 5 percent growth this year, helped in part by higher commodity prices. Africa’s second-largest copper producer expects copper output […]

Zambia sacks Cuban Ambassador for backing new opposition party

The Zambian government has declared the Cuban Ambassador to the country personae non grata. On Saturday, Cuban Ambassador to Zambia, Nelson Pages Vilas, openly supported the newly launched opposition Socialist Party in Zambia. In what he described as revolutionary greetings, the Ambassador said his government was wishing the Socialist Party in Zambia all the best. […]

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Zambia’s main opposition party seeks to impeach president Lungu

Zambia’s main opposition party, United Party for National Development (UPND), on Thursday filed a motion seeking the impeachment of President Edgar Lungu, the presidency said on Friday. The motion, which would be debated on March 28, was signed by a third of the 167-member Parliament of the southern African nation. Zambia’s constitution requires the support […]

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AU launches world’s largest free-trade area, biggest economies out

Forty-four African countries on Wednesday launched a $3 trillion continental free-trade zone encompassing 1.2 billion people. But Nigeria and South Africa, the continent’s biggest economies did not sign up, diminishing its impact. The African Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) is one of the bloc’s flagship projects. Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari last week, called for more […]

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Mining: Zambia uncovers $8bn tax scam

Zambia’s tax agency plans to conduct audits on all mining companies in the southern African nation, running back six years after uncovering that a prominent mining company has used a scam over a five year period to avoid paying $8bn tax. Dozens of mining companies operate in Zambia, Africa’s second largest copper producer. The Zambian […]

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Climate Change: Zambia raises over $84 million from Green Climate Fund

The Green Climate Fund (GCF) has approved $84.5 million to support two projects in Zambia in the energy and agriculture sectors, state media reported. The southern African nation will spend $52.2 million out of the 84.5 million for the Zambia Renewable Energy Financing Framework supported by the African Development Bank (AfDB) while 32.3 million dollars […]

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Indian telecom operator Airtel shapes Africa exit plan

India’s biggest mobile carrier Bharti Airtel Ltd, which owns telecom assets in 14 African countries, on Wednesday said it is looking at a potential initial public offering (IPO). Bharti Airtel International (Netherlands) BV said the discussion on feasibility of listing its shares on an “internationally recognized” exchange was still in preliminary stage. Bharti Airtel, which […]

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Ethiopian Airlines to revamp Zambia’s carrier

Ethiopian Airlines on Tuesday said it had signed an agreement with the Zambian government to revamp the country’s ailing national carrier. According to the Addis Ababa-based carrier, the Government of Zambia will be the majority shareholder with 55% and Ethiopia will have 45% stakes in the airline. Ethiopia’s state-owned flag carrier signed a similar deal […]

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Zambia-Cholera: church services & street vending banned, protests erupt

Residents in a slum in Lusaka, Zambia’s capital, are violently protesting over a regulation imposed to control the spread of a cholera epidemic in the Southern African nation. According to news portal Mwebantu, security forces operating in Kanyama have been forced to discharge tear gas after protesters started to throw stones and other projectiles at […]

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Zambia’s foreign minister resigns citing failure to tackle corruption

Zambia’s Foreign Affairs Minister Harry Kalaba has resigned from his position he has cherished and held for over 4 years in the Southern African nation. Announcing his resignation in a statement shared on his Facebook page, Kalaba denounced the rising tide of corruption in Zambia. Kalaba said his conscious could not allow him to continue […]

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