Zambia Seeking Bids for New Mobile Provider to Take on MTN

Zambia Seeking Bids for New Mobile Provider to Take on MTN

LUZAKA (Capital Markets in Africa) – Zambia is seeking bidders for a fourth mobile-network license to take on operators including market leader MTN Group Ltd. in the southern African country, Transport and Communications Minister Brian Mushimba said. The ministry last week gave the go-ahead to the telecommunications regulator to start the process, he said in a recorded response to questions on Monday. The new carrier could be in place over the next six to 12 months and the…

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Zambia’s economy to grow 4.3 percent, copper output easing slightly in 2017

Zambia’s economy to grow 4.3 percent, copper output easing slightly in 2017

LUSAKA (Capital Markets in Africa) – Zambia’s economy will grow 4.3 percent this year and 5.1 percent in 2018, boosted by improved agriculture and mining output and a recovery in electricity generation, the central bank reported. “There has been strengthening confidence in Zambia’s medium to long-term economic prospects as reflected by the participation of non-resident investors in the Government securities markets,” the Bank of Zambia hinted in a report surveying the first half of 2017….

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Africa’s Biggest Copper Mine Hit by Zambian Power Restrictions

Africa’s Biggest Copper Mine Hit by Zambian Power Restrictions

LUSAKA (Capital Markets in Africa) – Zambia is cutting power to mines including Africa’s biggest copper site, the Kansanshi pit owned by First Quantum Minerals Ltd., escalating a fight over tariffs. “They have still got some significant amount of power for them to operate, but obviously their operations will not be at 100 percent because of the power restrictions,” Energy Minister David Mabumba told reporters Tuesday in Lusaka, the capital. Glencore Plc has said it halted production…

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Zambia Central Bank Reduces Key Rate to Lowest Since 2014

Zambia Central Bank Reduces Key Rate to Lowest Since 2014

LUSAKA (Capital Markets in Africa) -Zambia’s central bank cut its benchmark lending rate for a third time this year as inflation remained below the government’s target. The Bank of Zambia lowered the rate to 11 percent from 12.5 percent, Governor Denny Kalyalya told reporters Thursday in Lusaka, the capital. That’s the lowest level since February 2014. The southern African nation’s consumer inflation rate is near the lowest since 2013, with this year’s record harvest of corn, which is used to make…

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Kenya’s Central Bank Holds rate at 10.0 percent, Likely to Sell Dollars

Kenya’s Central Bank Holds rate at 10.0 percent, Likely to Sell Dollars

NAIROBI (Capital Markets In Africa) – At its Monetary Policy Committee meeting this month, Kenya’s central bank held its rate at 10.0 percent. Its Monetary Policy Committee will next meet to set lending rates on Sept.18. While the currencies of Kenya, Nigeria and Tanzania are expected to hold steady, traders said Uganda’s shilling and Zambia’s kwacha are forecast to weaken against the dollar in the next week to Thursday, while Ghana’s cedi will firm. KENYA…

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Copper Trumps Politics as Investors Take Shine to Zambian Assets

Copper Trumps Politics as Investors Take Shine to Zambian Assets

LUSAKA (Capital Markets in Africa) Investors are overlooking Zambia’s political risk and buying the nation’s assets as the price of copper, its biggest export, rises. The yield on Zambia’s $1 billion Eurobonds due April 2024 have fallen 135 basis points this year to 7.55 percent on Wednesday. The southern African nation’s currency has appreciated 12 percent against the dollar in 2017, making the kwacha the continent’s best performer after Mozambique’s metical. Copper prices are at…

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Zambia Took On More Than $3 Billion in External Debt in 2016

Zambia Took On More Than $3 Billion in External Debt in 2016

LUSAKA (Capital Markets in Africa) – Zambia committed to $3.5 billion of new loans last year, 56 percent more than in 2015, the Finance Ministry said. Of the $3.1 billion in loans the government of Africa’s second-biggest copper producer contracted in 2016, as opposed to just committing to, $1.8 billion came from Chinese lenders, the ministry said in its annual economic report for last year. Despite the new loans, the government’s external debt position increased by…

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