Strategy, TelecomAugust 16, 2018

Is the Zambian Telecoms Industry Suffering From Marketing Myopia?
Following the recent announcement of the introduction of a new tax that would be targeting voice calls made using Voice over IP services such as facebook and Whatsapp calling, we felt it prudent to view the industry through the lenses of Michael Porter and Theordore Levitt. Michael E Potter published the book and article “Competitive […]

RetailAugust 15, 2018

CEC’s Owen Looks Northwards for Love
If you ever watched the movie “Love Actually”, you can understand what a sweet romance that CDC and CEC had. Sadly, the romantic acquisition ended before it could happen and CEO Owen Silavwe and his management were left with the feeling of “what could have been” had the deal gone through. But analogous to failed […]

Opinion, Personal FinanceAugust 13, 2018

Retirement Planning – Part Two (Pension Benefits)
“The question isn’t at what age I want to retire, it’s at what income” – George Foreman                                                                             […]

Banking, StanbicAugust 10, 2018

Stanbic Zambia Schools Financial Journalists
On Thursday 9th August, 2018, Stanbic Bank held a Media Training Session on financial markets at the leadership centre in Lusaka’s Kabulonga area. The Session which attracted Journalists from both Print (Newspaper) and Broadcast (Radio and Television) was aimed at educating participants on financial markets and building the already existing relationship between Stanbic Bank and the […]

Finance, ZCCM-Investment Holdings PlcAugust 6, 2018

The Achilles Heel in the ZCCM IH Armory
Recently, I was in attendance at the President’s Luncheon held at Lusaka’s up market restaurant, The Horse Shoe (“a stylish restaurant located in a cool and calm environment at the former Polo Grill premises” according to thebestofzambia.com), hosted by ZCCM IH and Stanbic Bank. This was the first event that I would have the chance […]

Opinion, StrategyAugust 3, 2018

HLB Reliance Zambia at 10
Its 17 00hrs and I just beat traffic to get to Radisson blu Hotel to attend a birthday. You might be wondering why a financial news website would be writing about a birthday. Well, it’s not just any birthday. Its HLB Reliance Zambia’s 10th birthday or anniversary depending on your cup of tea. We have […]

Agriculture, Zambeef Products PlcAugust 3, 2018

CDC Takes “Hold” of Zambeef Board
Zambeef, the fully integrated cold chain foods and retail business with operations in Zambia, Nigeria and Ghana, on 27th July 2018 announced the appointment of Frank Braeken to its Board as a Non-Executive Director with immediate effect. Now this was no ordinary appointment. According to SENS announcement published on LuSE, “Frank is being appointed as […]

Economy, OpinionJuly 29, 2018

Land of Rising Sun Sends Business Envoys to Zambia
So, on a day that was declared a public holiday by the Head of State, I decided to do what a typical entrepreneur ought to do in their spare time: Network. By chance, I had heard of the arrival of 50 business delegates from Japan from various industries such as agriculture and construction who would […]

Economy, OpinionJuly 25, 2018

Should the Argument of Hidden Debt still rage on?
It is no secret that the IMF has been dating Zambia for several months now as two of Zambia’s Finance Ministers have attempted to secure a deal to plug in the fiscal hole of USD 1.3 billion. To take you back, it was the eruption of reports in Mozambique that hidden debt existed caused an […]

Copperbelt Energy Corporation Plc, EnergyJuly 19, 2018

CDC walks away from CEC Deal
Over the last couple of months, the team at Financial Insight Zambia has been watching the CDC acquisition of CEC unfold. We published “CEC Conditions Precedents to the CDC Deal” which indicated the progress of the deal and the status of the deal. However, yesterday we received this email from the CDC press office and […]