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  map of Zambia

 

 

 

Country name:

conventional long form: Republic of Zambia
conventional short form: Zambia
former: Northern Rhodesia

 

Capital:

Lusaka. Population: 1 million (2005).

 

Location:

Southern Africa, east of Angola

 

Area:

752,614 sq km (290,586 sq miles).

 

Description:
Zambia is a vast plateau bordered by Angola to the west, the Democratic Republic of Congo to the north, Tanzania to the northeast, Malawi to the east, Mozambique to the southeast, Zimbabwe and Botswana to the south and the Caprivi Strip of Namibia to the southwest. The Zambezi River, together with Lake Kariba, forms the frontier with Zimbabwe. Victoria Falls, at the southern end of the manmade Lake Kariba, is one of the most spectacular sights in Africa (if not the world). In the east and northeast, the country rises to a plateau 1,200m (3,937ft) high, covered by deciduous savannah, small trees, grassy plains or marshland. The magnificent Luangwa and Kafue National Parks have some of the most prolific animal populations in Africa.
 

Population:

11.9 million (UN estimate 2007).
 

 

language:

English is the official language, but there are over 73 local dialects. The main languages are Bemba, Kaonde, Lozi, Lunda, Luvale, Nyanja and Tonga

Climate:

Although Zambia lies in the tropics, the height of the plateau ensures that the climate is seldom unpleasantly hot, except in the valleys. There are three seasons: the cool, dry winter season from May to September; the hot, dry season in October and November; and the rainy season, which is even hotter, from December to April

Economy - overview:

The Zambian economy relies heavily on the country's mineral wealth, particularly copper (of which Zambia is one of the world's largest producers), and also cobalt and zinc. These account for the bulk of export earnings and provide essential raw materials for Zambia's manufacturing industry, which accounts for over one-third of national output. Apart from raw material processing, the manufacturing sector includes vehicle assembly and oil refining as well as the production of fertilisers, textiles, construction materials and a variety of consumer products.
Despite the role played by industry (unusually high by African standards), export earnings were steadily declining throughout the 1990s, mainly as a result of persistently low commodity prices.
Agriculture produces 14% of GDP and employs 85% of the population. Maize and cattle are the main earners. Zambia's hydroelectric projects have allowed it self-sufficiency in energy.
The economy grew by 5.3% in 2006, whilst inflation was at 10.7%.

http://www.worldtravelguide.net/country/314/business/Africa/Zambia.html



Economy:

The Zambian economy relies heavily on the country's mineral wealth, particularly copper (of which Zambia is one of the world's largest producers), and also cobalt and zinc. These account for the bulk of export earnings and provide essential raw materials for Zambia's manufacturing industry, which accounts for over one-third of national output. Apart from raw material processing, the manufacturing sector includes vehicle assembly and oil refining as well as the production of fertilisers, textiles, construction materials and a variety of consumer products.
Despite the role played by industry (unusually high by African standards), export earnings were steadily declining throughout the 1990s, mainly as a result of persistently low commodity prices.
Agriculture produces 14% of GDP and employs 85% of the population. Maize and cattle are the main earners. Zambia's hydroelectric projects have allowed it self-sufficiency in energy.
The economy grew by 5.3% in 2006, whilst inflation was at 10.7%.

http://www.worldtravelguide.net/country/314/business/Africa/Zambia.html


 

 

Economy- Overview:

 

Industries:

copper mining and processing, construction, foodstuffs, beverages, chemicals, textiles, fertilizer, horticulture

 

Exports:
Copper, cobalt, tobacco, flowers and cotton.

Main trade partners: South Africa, Switzerland, UAE, China and UK.

Imports:
Machinery, transport equipment, petroleum products, fertislisers and foodstuffs.

Exchange rates:
Kwacha (ZMK) = 100 ngwee. Notes are in denominations of ZMK50,000, 20,000, 10,000, 5,000, 1,000, 500, 100, 50 and 20. Coins are in denominations of ZMK10, 5 and 1, and 50 and 25 ngwee.
http://www.worldtravelguide.net/country/314/money/Africa/Zambia.html

Click here to view Bank of Zambia exchange rates

To check the Oanda currency conversion site, click here 



GDP :
US$11.2 billion (2007).

 

 

 

 

 

 

Useful links:

  • Ministries & Organization
  • Trade Associations & Chamber of Commerce
  • Bank of Zambia
  • Key Exporters
  • ZamBiz - business directory.
  • Yellow Pages of Africa - business directory. In French and English.
  • Export Board of Zambia 
    http://www.ebz.co.zm/
  • The Zambia Investment Centre (ZIC) is charged with the responsibility to facilitate, promote and regulate domestic and foreign investment. 
  • Zambiz is Zambia's website directory and trade portal with links to companies in various sectors.

    Go to the website.

  • Zambia Customs and Forwarding Agents Association
    Mungwi Road
    P O Box 36888, Lusaka
    Tel 286364/5 / 756364
    Fax 286379
    E-Mail: norcon@zamnet.zm
  • Trade Fairs
  • Zambia International Trade Fair (ZITF)
    The Zambia International Trade Fair (ZITF) takes place every year at the end of June to the beginning of July in Ndola, Copperbelt Province. The ZITF is a commercial exhibition which attracts a good number of foreign and local exhibitors who deal in a wide range of products from across the world.
  • Others

 

 

 

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