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Tuesday, 1 March 2011

Five Questions on Zambia's Diversification (Monthly Essay)

This month's  short essay. More information on the Monthly Essay project can be found here. We value your feedback and suggestions for future topics.
Five Questions on Zambia's Diversification


  1. This is an absolutely fantastic essay. There is no better way to say or explain the points made.

    In the end it’s going to come down to subsidies. This is the government’s job at the stage of development in which Zambia is currently. Not necessarily direct subsidies, which are prone corruption and are generally frowned by certain international organizations, but the government should definitely offer support to all aspects (education, materials imports, training, land grants, etc.) to one or two burgeoning industries (market discovery).

  2. Thanks for the feedback.

    I agree. Though any spend must be underpinned by good strong cost benefit analysis. Money should be directed where it can be most efficient (where benefit cost ratios are high). That will mean a more evidenced based approach to decision making than we have at present.


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