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    1. 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...

    2. 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...

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    1. 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]…...

    2. 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],...

    3. 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...

    4. 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...

    5. 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...

    6. 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...

    7. 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...

    8. 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...

    9. 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...

    10. 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,...

    11. 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...

    12. 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...

    13. 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,...

    14. 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...

    15. 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...

    16. 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...

    17. 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...

    18. 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...

    19. 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?...

    20. 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...

    21. 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...

    22. 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...

    23. 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...

    24. 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...

    25. 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...

    26. FT Photo Diary

      January 20, 2015

      Zambian elections

      An electoral agent checks the voter roll at Kanyama constituency in Lusaka, Zambia, as Zambians cast their ballots for...

    27. January 20, 2015

      Edgar Lungu willing to revisit mining tax if he wins Zambia poll

      Edgar Lungu, the presidential candidate for Zambia’s ruling party, said on Tuesday that he would be willing to discuss...

    28. January 19, 2015

      Businessman and populist go head to head for Zambian votes

      Sweeping by helicopter into a township in the heart of Zambia’s copper belt, Hakainde Hichilema makes a final push to...

    29. January 18, 2015

      Zambia elections come at bad time for economy

      On the campaign trail ahead of Tuesday’s presidential election, Guy Scott, Zambia’s acting head of state, paid a visit...

    30. December 19, 2014

      Zambia will need more help, says IMF

      Zambia’s struggling economy will need more financial assistance in 2015 than previously thought, the International...

    31. December 18, 2014

      Barrick suspends Zambian output after royalty rise

      Barrick Gold is suspending output in Zambia because of tax regime changes that have put the African country at the...

    32. December 9, 2014

      Cotton farmers hit hard as prices drop to lowest since 2009

      Evelyn Nguleka fears for Zambia’s cotton growers. The head of the farmers union in the southern African country says a...

    33. December 5, 2014

      Political rivalries blight Zambia

      Political uncertainty and factionalism are blighting Zambia, Africa’s second-largest copper producer, with both the...

    34. October 30, 2014

      Political uncertainty worries Zambia investors

      When Michael Sata won Zambia’s elections three years ago, the country’s currency slumped to a one-year low against the...

    35. beyondbrics

      October 30, 2014

      Sata's death puts IMF Zambia mission and much else on hold

      The death of Michael Sata, Zambia’s president, could delay an International Monetary Fund visit to the southern African...

    36. October 29, 2014

      Zambian president Michael Sata dies at 77

      Zambia faces fresh elections and a period of uncertainty after Michael Sata, the country’s populist president, died...

    37. October 23, 2014

      Commodities: A partial pump primer

      Few economic forces are more important than commodity prices. When they rise they transfer riches and power from...

    38. October 20, 2014

      African economic growth under threat from Ebola, warns IMF

      A number of “increasingly potent” risks are threatening to disrupt sub-Saharan Africa’s growth, including the Ebola...

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