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Tuesday, 21 August 2007


Wanted: An able and articulate foreign consultant, with a sound understanding of the Zambia mining industry, familiar with Zambia's culture and its current fiscal position, and armed with good negotiating skills. If selected, you must be willing to take on mining companies from your country in order to secure a good deal for the Zambian people. Pay will be in the foreign currency of your choice. Please contact Hon Magande at the Ministry of Finance, and quote ref: Reuters Africa - Interview 20th August 2007.

P.S: This job is strictly for "foreign consultants" as we think they are best equipped to do the job. Zambians should not bother to apply.


  1. A couple of points:

    - The article in question does not seem to refer to the Zambian state's quest for negotiators.

    - The book on negotiation is more prescient than ever. How is it going?

    "If selected, you must be willing to take on mining companies from your country in order to secure a good deal for the Zambian people."

    If you are a mine industry expert and have to take on mining companies from your own country, wouldn't this almost invite conflicts of interest? Cozy deals and understandings?

    If I was Magande, I would walk down to the nearest market, fetch the most intimidating woman trader, and tell her - 'Whatever deal you get for us, you get 10% of.'

    Of course, I'm kidding a little (she'd have to have some understanding of the mining industry), but you get my point.

    To understand the mentality that is required - read George Ross' book. :)

  2. MrK,

    You must have read it quickly!

    "Magande said negotiations on royalties, which were scheduled to start in September because Zambia was hiring foreign consultants on the talks"

    Yes, the Ross book - I am about to start.

    Perhaps its Ross we need to strike the deals.

  3. Sorry about that, I read over it. :)

  4. I have always wondered with deep frustration and sorrow, how a Senegalese or western african can arrive in Lusaka with limited funds- navigate himself against language and geographical barriers to remote Mamphatizya or Chama - get his hands on precious gemstones and make it big in no time. Many Zambians growing up in these areas could'nt even tell what gemstones are in the area- I guess this now answers my frustration- Our own Govt prefers foriegners in this business!
    This headline in yesterday's daily mail really gets my blood boiling-
    "PRESIDENT Mwanawasa has revealed that Zambia is losing an estimated US$7 billion annually due to the rampant illegal exports of gemstones by dubious business people. President Mwanawasa was speaking at the official opening of the .........."
    Is a foriegn consultant now going to fix this!!

  5. David,

    The government is doing so many things to make Zambian businesses uncompetitive, that it isn't even funny. And then they wonder why having 'free markets' isn't making a difference.

    My guess is that Mwanawasa is embarassed by poverty, but he doesn't have the guts to do something about it.

    He would much rather get tough with illegal miners who pay no taxes, than with western corporations who pay no tax, legally.

  6. The other problem the "consultant" has to worry about is this one:

  7. Thanks for the article. I didn't realize that the PAC had also touched upon the mines issue.


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