EconomySeptember 29, 2017

Financial Sector Development in Fragile and Conflict-Affected States
“We have resources, perhaps more resources than any other country in the world. We are not a poor country. We can’t be a fragile country,” said Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe at the recent World Economic Forum (WEF) in Durban. This statement brings forth a long-standing debate on the existence of ‘fragile’, ‘failed’, and ‘collapsed’ states […]

EconomySeptember 25, 2017

The Economic Benefit of Investing in the Stock Market
The Zambian economy is a beneficiary of the stock exchange. The stock market plays a pivotal role in the growth of the industry and commerce of the country that eventually affects the economy of the country to a great extent. How does the market affect the economy? The role of our stock exchanged is engraved in law through […]

EconomySeptember 20, 2017

Big Read: Understanding the Lusaka Securities Exchange
The Lusaka Securities and Exchange (LuSE) is an integral part of Zambian commerce. However, asking the common man or woman in Zambia, few people know what its role is. Those that do have often found themselves wondering what this institution is all about and whether it can deliver on the promise of value creation. This […]

EconomySeptember 12, 2017

Secretary Fredson Asks For Proposals
The 2018 budget season has been well underway for some time now. My business partner and I were lamenting at the fact that we missed the bus in terms of getting Financial Insight (Fi) into one of the strategy committees on the budget at Ministry of Finance (MoF). It must have been the wine because […]

EconomySeptember 10, 2017

IDC and DBZ in flux: The quest to develop a nation
In his Harvard Business Review (HBR) classic, “The Competitive Advantage of Nations”, Michael Porter stated that “national prosperity is created, not inherited”. He explains his assertion that “it does not grow out of a country’s natural endowments, its labor pool, its interest rates, or its currency’s value, as classical economics insists”. He believes that a […]

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 […]