Economy, FinanceSeptember 4, 2017

Africa: Most expensive continent to send money in the world
Martin Namasaka (@Martinnamasaka) is an International Development Specialist with experience working with a wide range of organisations drawn from Kenya, Zambia, Ethiopia, Malawi, Uganda, Rwanda. He holds a Master’s degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) where he was a member of the Programme for African Leadership (PfAL).      At […]

Economy, FI, FinanceAugust 31, 2017

Plunging Money Markets…What Does it mean for the Investors and Borrowers?
I have been waiting for this coming Friday with much anticipation. There has been so much buzz around the 1st of September! Multichoice announced reduced DStv prices across all its bouquets effective 1st September (great news for the subscribers and a possible indication of the effectiveness of competition in any industry but that’s a subject […]

EconomyAugust 29, 2017

Credit Ratings: The Next Frontier for Zambian Premier Companies
On 25th August 2017, Bank of Zambia and the Ministry of Finance must have been on a conference call with Secretary to the Treasury following the announcement from Standard & Poor’s Financial Services LLC (S&P) on Zambia being upgraded to a positive credit rating B (B/Stable/B) from negative territory. We would like imagine this was […]

Economy, FinanceAugust 11, 2017

MPC goes further south after winter
This week, two significant things happened. Episode 4 of Game of Thrones finally shifted into high gear whilst the Central Bank of Zambia lowered the policy rate by 150 basis points (1.5%). Although premier companies will not be focused on the leadership of John Snow, the Governor Danny Kalyaya was clearly in the spotlight as […]

Economy, FinanceAugust 4, 2017

Is The Global Economy Tittering On The Brink Of Collapse?
Next to weather, I have been tracking the global financial markets with keen interest this year. Whilst matters of weather and financial markets have consumed a fair chunk of my private time, I cannot quite recall why it is specifically these two topical and complex issues that have overwhelmingly peaked my curiosity in 2017. The […]

Strategy, Zambia Sugar PlcAugust 2, 2017

Why Zambian Premier Companies Need Core Competences to Survive
There are companies on the Lusaka Stock Exchange that continue to generate increased revenue year on year. Of those companies, the manufacturing and vertically integrated companies have been the most impressive. Few have speculated that size does matter hence why these companies continue to produce increasing revenue records amidst challenging macro conditions that have been […]

Finance, Strategy, ZCCM-Investment Holdings PlcJuly 12, 2017

Project Ekaris: A Dare to Gate Crash a Premier Company’s AGM
When announcements of AGMs are published on SENS ANNOUNCEMENTs, TFHZPC is always keen to be a part of proceedings. It’s not just the coffee and muffins that get served (for premier companies that host at exotic hotels) but the agenda of the meetings that wets the appetite of any investor who wants to understand how […]

StrategyJuly 9, 2017

Competition Commission: Bringing Balance to Competitive Forces in Zambia
Competition in any economy is healthy.Zambia is no exception. In fact, competition in an emerging economy such as ours serves to foster innovation and price of product sensitivities. However, just like any competitive sport, rules and regulations on how players in the game compete are important. They provide for an equal playing field for all […]

StrategyJuly 1, 2017

Corporate Governance and the Plight of the Zambian SME
Just because your company is not listed on the Lusaka Securities Exchange does not mean that your company should be immune to corporate governance. This is the statement that has been heavy on the mind of TFHZPC as we pondered on how the importance of corporate governance can be communicated to premier startups in Zambia. […]

StrategyJune 27, 2017

Travis Kalanick Resignation: Lessons for Zambian Premier Startups
We have been watching the events unravel at Uber for sometime now. When the announcement came that investors in the ride hailing company had demanded for their maverick CEO and founder to resign, it was an indication that there was lessons to be learned for investors of Zambian premier startups.  Leadership conduct in this context […]