EconomyMay 14, 2018

More Urgency needed for Public Private Partnerships (PPP)
As governments in emerging economies in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) grapple with stretched resources and dependence on the foreign money to plug in the deficits, it has become more apparent that the PPP model for infrastructure development is one of the few options that is becoming more and more attractive for not only Governments but private […]

BankingMay 12, 2018

Barclays Africa Moves On With A Big Smile
It’s December 2015 and Jes Staley, the veteran American banker who had spent almost three decades on Wall Street with JP Morgan Chase is appointed CEO of Barclays Bank PLC. Expectations are high among financial observers that they finally have the man to lead the firm to the top of the pile after being mired […]

Economy, OpinionMay 12, 2018

Doughnuts for Monetary Policy
In 2012, one of America’s most prolific hedge fund managers, David Einhorn of Greenlight Capital published an intellectual and intriguing piece in the Huffington post, challenging the reflexive and conventional monetary economics. In his piece David argued against a continued easing of monetary policy that the Federal Reserve Bank of America was pursuing at the […]

Economy, OpinionMay 11, 2018

The Future of Young ‘Agripreneurs’ in Zambia
On the 10th of May 2019, I was privileged to speak at the Youth and Agriculture Symposium organisation by Indaba Agricultural Policy Research Institute (IAPRI) at Radisson Blu. My presentation was on Farm Financial Management and despite this being a heavy topic, I was only allocated 20 minutes. I tried my best and managed to […]

ManufacturingMay 10, 2018

ZAM AGM 2018
It is always exciting when manufacturers in Zambia get together. On 10th May, Chipego Zulu CEO of Zambia Association of Manufacturers hosts their 2018 Annual General Meeting at Radisson Blu Hotel. A quick look at their annual report showed a refreshing position that industry in Zambia was on course to turn the adverse macroeconomic environment […]

EnergyMay 7, 2018

What Is Renewable Energy and Why Is It So Important?
Since the energy crisis of the 1970’s, Americans have been searching for ways to use our natural resources safely and efficiently. And since the release of the documentary An Inconvenient Truth in 2006, buzzwords and catchphrases like global warming, climate change, renewable energy, and sustainable energy have become a part of the American lexicon. But what does […]

EconomyMay 7, 2018

Over to You, Children! Zambia’s ‘Plant a Million Trees’ Takes Root
The writer is District Agricultural Information Officer, National Agricultural Information Services (NAIS), Minitsry of Agriculture, Pemba. Email: fphiri200@gmail.com Trees are a vital component in the ecosystem—they not only give oxygen, store carbon, stabilise the soil and give refuge to wildlife, but also provide materials for tools, shelter and ultimately, food for both animals and human be

StrategyMay 2, 2018

The Art of Non-Recourse Financing
We at Financial Insight are cognisant of the fact that many SMEs in Zambia will never reach critical mass. It is not because we do not believe in these companies. Far from it. We spend each and every waking financial moment pushing agendas such as strategy, turnaround and improved performance just to get the topic […]

StrategyMay 1, 2018

Leading Change without transformational failure – A perspective on IDC
For some time now, we have followed publications in numerous online and print media about efforts that are being made by Zambian companies to enhance their businesses. Many have cited harsh macro-economic conditions that have lead some into an almost death spiral. On the list of those companies that we have keenly been interested in […]

Puma Energy (Z) PlcApril 30, 2018

Puma’s 2017 Performance
Puma continues to pride itself over its safety record. This was evident when we reviewed their 2017 annual report for the year under review saw no deaths according to their Board Chairman JJ Sikazwe. In fact, although their record indicated a one point improvement in 2017 compared to 2016, road traffic accidents stood out as […]