• Zambia

    Zambia has had one of the world’s fastest growing economies for the past 10 years, with real GDP growth averaging roughly 6.7% per annum. Copper output increased steadily from 2004, due to higher copper prices and foreign investment but weakened in 2014 when Zambia was overtaken as Africa’s largest copper producer by the DRC. Record high copper prices and a bumper maize crop in 2010 helped Zambia rebound quickly from the world economic slowdown that began in 2008.

    Name Republic of Zambia

    Capital Lusaka

    Frequency of elections Every five years

    Name of parliament National Assembly of Zambia

    Parliament website www.parliament.gov.zm

    Languages Bemba, Nyanja, Tonga, Lozi, Chewa, Nsenga, Tumbuka, Lunda, Kaonde, Lala, Luvale, English, Lamba, Mambwe, Namwanga, Lenje, Bisa

    Area 752 618 km2

    Population 14 638 505 (July 2014 est)

    Imports Machinery, transportation equipment, petroleum products, electricity, fertiliser, foodstuffs, clothing

    Exports Copper-cobalt, cobalt, electricity, tobacco, flowers, cotton

    Currency Zambian kwacha

    Source: CIA World Factbook
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