Visualising Sales Tax

by Florence Banda-Muleya and Mbewe Kalikeka

As dust settles from the bombshell of reintroducing Sales Tax in the 2019 Budget, the scale of its implementation challenge becomes clearer. Brought to light by increased debate over the pros and cons of Sales Tax, the Government’s selling point of simplicity of administration is certainly not convincing enough.


Unplanned spending threaten fiscal fitness

By Shebo Nalishebo

The fiscal consolidation measures put in place in the 2018 Budget are likely to pay dividends if the Government sticks to the set plans. Subsidy cuts on agriculture, fuel and electricity are some of the many factors that will help bring the fiscal deficit on a commitment basis to around 8.2 percent of GDP in 2018 from 9.3 percent of GDP in 2017.


2018 National Budget set to restore Zambian economy, but serious questions raised about increased deficit and debt burden

The Zambia Institute for Policy Analysis and Research (ZIPAR) has welcomed the Government’s 2018 budget, which it says has chartered a course for accelerating fiscal fitness and putting the Zambian economy back on the path of robust sustained and inclusive growth and development.


Zambia Fires-Up for a National Fire Policy

By Zali Chikuba

The announcement of the development of a national fire and rescue service policy and procurement of 42 fire tenders by the Minister of Local Government, Honourable Vincent Mwale carried in the July 18, 2017 edition of the Zambia Daily Mail should be soothing to many.


What's the Big Deal about the 2016 National Budget?

By Florence Banda-Muleya and Caesar Cheelo

Two weeks ago the Minister of Finance delivered the 2016 National Budget Address to the National Assembly. The buzz that came in the aftermath of the Address was no surprise. For days the general public and organisations alike talked about nearly every segment of the Budget trying to figure out what the big deal about this particular Budget was. Why should it matter so much?

To begin with, the National Budget represents Zambia's financial plan for the fiscal year, in this case 2016.


Developing the Derivatives Market can Mitigate Foreign Currency Risks of Eurobonds

By Malindi Msoni and Shebo Nalishebo

The Zambian government has to-date issued three Eurobonds: one worth US$750 million in 2012, another for US$1 billion in 2014 and for US$1.25 billion this year (2015). While Eurobond issuances present several potential benefits for the country, notably increased financing for infrastructure development, they also expose the country to significant risks. Because they are denominated in US Dollars, Eurobonds are susceptible to losses resulting from adverse fluctuations in the exchange rate, commonly known as currency risks.


Should people worry about incomes gaps?

By Gibson Masumbu

Income inequality has attracted growing attention on the economic development platforms in recent years. From the many conversations on the topic, it is evident that many countries have recognized growing inequality as one of the biggest social, economic and political challenges of our time.


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