Government recently announced that it will gradually raise the electricity tariffs it charges mining firms so that by 2015 they reflect the true cost of producing power : "We would like to see a situation where all the mines pay cost-reflective tariffs and we want to see this migration by 2015". No more subsidies. The tragedy of Zambia is that mining companies are actually subsidised in Zambia. Especially, if you consider the environmental damaged. The external cost of mining in Zambia means that taken together - we are subsidising pollution and externalisation of large profits to Swiss accounts.