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    1. August 15, 2016

      Edgar Lungu wins narrow victory in Zambia presidential race

      Edgar Lungu, Zambia’s president, has been returned to office after securing a narrow election victory, but his closest...

    2. Fast FT

      August 15, 2016

      Zambian president Lungu wins re-election amid tense scenes

      Zambia’s president Edgar Lungu has been re-elected by a whisker in the country’s latest elections but the poll has been...

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    1. August 10, 2016

      Ailing economy dominates Zambian election

      Zambians will choose between a populist incumbent championing social programmes and a business-minded opposition leader...

    2. August 7, 2016

      Week Ahead Political Diary: Erdogan to meet Putin for talks

      Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russian president Vladimir Putin will hold talks on Tuesday to hammer out...

    3. May 11, 2016

      Bad times send African borrowers back to the IMF

      Zimbabwe stands ready to print its own version of the US dollar and to sell wildlife from its game reserves to raise...

    4. April 26, 2016

      Re-run of 1980s-style default wave ‘unlikely’

      The commodity price slump will not lead to a 1980s-style rash of sovereign defaults, despite obstacles blocking the...

    5. April 26, 2016

      Africa’s life expectancy jumps dramatically

      Life expectancy in a swath of African countries since 2000 surged by between 20 and 42 per cent, providing an upbeat...

    6. Fast FT

      April 19, 2016

      Primark's US debut and stronger sugar market lifts ABF

      Associated British Foods, the owner of Primark and a motley crew of other businesses including Twinings tea and Ryvita,...

    7. April 7, 2016

      African GDP growth sliding towards 17-year low

      Economic growth in sub-Saharan Africa could lag behind that of the world as a whole this year for the first time since...

    8. FT Alphaville

      March 11, 2016

      So long, and thanks for all the tuna bonds

      When Zambia issued its first international bond, in 2012, investors could knock themselves out reading a 106-page...

    9. FT Alphaville

      March 7, 2016

      Further reading

      Elsewhere on Monday, - Kuroda (vs the BIS?), neg rates are grand. - Davies: Is US inflation (finally) rising? - “San...

    10. beyondbrics

      February 24, 2016

      African currencies: a tale of two risks

      The global commodities rout from mid-2014 brought with it severe market volatility that reshaped the growth...

    11. Fast FT

      February 22, 2016

      Primark-owner ABF boosted by weak sterling

      Associated British Foods, which owns an eclectic range of consumer businesses from discount clothes-seller Primark to...

    12. Fast FT

      February 8, 2016

      ABF looks to buy out African sugar business

      Associated British Foods, the UK company that combines a sugar business with low cost clothing retailer Primark, has...

    13. January 15, 2016

      Postcard from . . . Zambia

      By January the place is unrecognisable. It’s as shocking a change as happens to any landscape on earth: a harsh and...

    14. FT Alphaville

      December 8, 2015

      When EM $ bond issuance finally slowed down?

      From the latest BIS quarterly review, in particular its bit on dollar credit to EMs (our emphasis): [Fed largesse]…...

    15. FT Alphaville

      November 3, 2015

      The limits of prayer in Zambia

      Zambia’s President Edgar Lungu prayed to God to “heal” his country’s ailing currency on Sunday [the 17th of October],...

    16. October 27, 2015

      Slowdown calls ‘Africa rising’ narrative into question

      Economic growth in sub-Saharan Africa will slow to its weakest pace since 1999 this year, and only inch up modestly...

    17. October 27, 2015

      African growth feels the strain from China’s slowdown

      A collapse in commodity prices, emerging market volatility and the slowdown in China mean that sub-Saharan Africa is...

    18. October 16, 2015

      High adventure in Zambia

      High adventure in Zambia If ever I can, I will go back to the Busanga Plains, to the dreaming distances of the...

    19. October 12, 2015

      Fight against hunger leaves some behind

      Significant progress has been made in the global fight against hunger since 2000 but the level remains “serious” or...

    20. September 29, 2015

      Emerald miners hope to make the grade

      The four Cs — colour, cut, clarity and carat, a system invented by DeBeers in 1939 — guide the pricing of millions of...

    21. September 21, 2015

      Zinc at five-year low as stocks rise

      Zinc fell to a five-year low on Monday on fears about rising stocks and waning demand in China. Zinc for delivery in...

    22. The Exchange

      September 17, 2015

      Glencore aftershocks will reach the sovereign debt markets

        Glencore’s decision last week to cut its dividend, sell off assets and scale back its mineral production in an effort...

    23. September 9, 2015

      Metals climb on plans for output cuts

      Industrial metals continued their ascent on Wednesday, with aluminium, zinc and lead playing catch-up with copper,...

    24. September 9, 2015

      Zambia bears the brunt of China’s economic slowdown

      Zambia was one of Africa’s main beneficiaries when China’s economy was expanding at full tilt. With copper its key...

    25. September 8, 2015

      Glencore deals mining blow to African copper producers

      Glencore’s move to suspend operations at mines in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Zambia has dealt a significant...

    26. September 7, 2015

      Glencore looks to cut debt by $10bn and issue up to $2.5bn stock

      Glencore announced plans to slash its $30bn debt pile by shelving dividends, selling assets and raising fresh equity,...

    27. September 7, 2015

      Copper shines on Glencore output cut plan

      Copper prices were lifted after Glencore, the commodities trader and miner, announced production cuts as part of its...

    28. July 29, 2015

      Copper market buoyed by supply disruptions

      Copper is enjoying some respite from the commodities rout, as the world’s largest producers of the metal signal a cut...

    29. July 24, 2015

      Africa’s supermarket shopping revolution

      Africa’s supermarkets At the entrance to the Shoprite supermarket in downtown Lusaka, women are wrestling with shopping...

    30. July 22, 2015

      Zambia plans record benchmark debt sale

      Zambia is planning its largest sale of debt as the copper-rich country seeks to plug a yawning gap in government...

    31. July 10, 2015

      Water supply threatens the flow of SABMiller’s Zambian expansion

      As SABMiller looks to ramp up its business in Africa, Zambia stands out as a prime candidate for expansion. The brewer...

    32. June 8, 2015

      Copper: quantum leap

      A copper producer that raises capital when the metal price is weak and invests in growth below the peak of the cycle?...

    33. June 5, 2015

      Tsipras dismisses ‘absurd’ creditors’ offer as Greek markets slide

      Greece’s prime minister on Friday told restive MPs he could not accept the “absurd” and “irrational” bailout proposal...

    34. April 20, 2015

      Zambia proposes friendlier mining tax regime after protests

      Zambia on Monday slashed royalties on open cast mines, rowing back on proposed changes to its fiscal regime that the...

    35. beyondbrics

      April 1, 2015

      Nigeria’s elections – Africa’s shining moment

      The All Progressives Congress (APC), led by former military leader General Muhammadu Buhari, has won Nigeria’s...

    36. February 10, 2015

      Vedanta hit by Zambia mining tax concerns

      Vedanta shares are either worth £10 or 10p, according to its own house broker. Fears that Zambia may defer, rather than...

    37. January 26, 2015

      Zambia’s copper belt reels as price falls

      The legacy of copper mining on Kitwe, a small but bustling city in the heart of Zambia’s Copperbelt province, is...

    38. January 25, 2015

      Populist Lungu wins tightly-fought Zambian presidency

      Edgar Lungu, leader of the ruling Patriotic Front party, was sworn in as president of Zambia on Sunday after he secured...

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