Cabinet recently approved engagement of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) with a view to setting up a program. The economy has been hit by shocks from a 70% depreciation of the currency versus the US dollar in 2015, a 590MW electricity deficit which started in H2 2015 and a decline in global copper prices (contribute over 70% of export earnings). This has put even more pressure on Government finances which are not only committed to major infrastructure projects but are also subsidizing a number of things in addition to forking out more Kwachas to pay interest on external debt ($6.4b as of eoy 2015).
Trying to decipher this puzzle that is Zambia by using a variety of publicly available data (structured and unstructured) in conjunction with my own skill/experience. * * *