Strategy, TelecomJanuary 23, 2019

Susan Takes a ‘Liquid’ Job
There is a scene in Marvel Comics Avengers Infinity War when Iron Man and meets the Guardians of the Galaxy for the first time and Star lord and Iron ask each other questions. If a parody of the same scene had to rewritten, the line of questioning of Liquid Telecom Zambia’s newly appointed CEO would […]

EconomyJanuary 22, 2019

Sales Tax Quagmire – The Visible Hand
When the 2019 budget was delivered on 28 September 2018, the withdrawal of Value Added Tax and subsequent re-introduction of Sales Tax caught most tax experts, economists and independent policy analysts off guard. The removal of VAT, which was first introduced in 1995, would be superseded with a Sales Tax which would only be chargeable […]

Economy, OpinionJanuary 22, 2019

Green Bonds, Bridging the Gap Between Sustainable Development and Financial Development
The Director of the Finance Institute of China’s Development Research Centre, Madam Zhang, was once asked whether it would be more productive for China to fervently pursue green finance once it had developed a sophisticated enough financial system. To my mind, this seems a fair question because green bonds (just like conventional bonds) require above […]

Economy, OpinionJanuary 20, 2019

A ‘New Face’ to the Zambian Education System
In concerted efforts the Ministry of General Education and Higher Education in partnership with various aligned Ministries, Agencies and Institutions; held the second National Education Conference and Exhibition that took place on the 15th of January to 17th January 2019, aimed at re-engineering the education system to one that meets the demand of the industry […]

Economy, OpinionJanuary 19, 2019

Week 3 Trading Update (14th to 18th January 2019)
Week 3 was the second full trading week on the Lusaka Securities and Exchange. Although the LuSE remains largely undervalued, there were notable trades in the following companies. REIZ Plc CEC Plc CEC Africa Plc (quoted tier) Zambrew Plc The following is a day by day summary of the week’s trades. Monday 14th January The LuSE […]

Economy, Opinion, RetailJanuary 16, 2019

Letter to the Editor: Chinese Investment Helps Improve Zambia
The following article was published on Bloomberg as a response to Chinese investment concerns over Zambia.    Only 12 months ago, discussions on China centred around steel, a ballooning real estate bubble, and investment screening in Europe. Despite these issues still being unresolved, international scrutiny has pivoted to Western concerns over Chinese investment in Africa. […]

Marketing, OpinionJanuary 14, 2019

Your customers are biased. Accept that!
Knowing your clients’ risk tolerance and confidence levels can help you to assist them to understand themselves and their decisions better. How can we get overconfident clients to realise that they are without deflating their egos – and why does it matter?   Human decision-making, thinking and behaviour are central to the way businesses, communities, […]

Economy, OpinionJanuary 12, 2019

Week 2 Trading Update (7th to 11th January 2019)
Week 2 was the first full trading week on the Lusaka Securities and Exchange. Although the LuSE remains largely undervalued, there were notable trades in the following companies. CEC Plc Zambian Breweries Plc Madison Plc ZANACO Plc The following is a day by day summary of the week’s trades. 7 January The LuSE ASI closed at […]

OpinionJanuary 9, 2019

The Fintech Revolution – Part 1
If you have not heard about the FinTech (Financial Technology) revolution in vogue, you need to wake up and smell the coffee! The future of banking is here i.e. Technology, with the potential to change the way we conduct transactions in all aspects of business and finance. Food for thought – Will digital transformation be […]

Opinion, StrategyJanuary 8, 2019

The Power of Digital Marketing
I would not be surprised if in the past the term; e-Commerce, was looked at by many as just another corporate buzzword that was used to colour conversations and meetings, often resulting in the intended message not being communicated effectively – as buzzwords and jargon often do. A Google search of the definition of e-Commerce […]