Zambia’s national elections, a pivotal moment for the country’s economy and democracy

The August 12 national elections could mark a key turning point for Zambia’s future. Under President Edgar Lungu’s rule, the business environment has become increasingly hostile, especially for foreign companies seeking to benefit from the country’s copper resources. Additionally, Zambia defaulted on its debt during the coronavirus pandemic and a deal with the IMF would certainly be useful – the election outcome will determine the conditions of any potential deal. Deteriorating economic conditions have left Mr Lungu struggling for political survival ahead of the polls, while his main rival, successful businessman Hakainde Hichilema, has positioned himself as a potential saviour of the economy. Questions about whether the two-horse race will be fair are raising concerns about the future of democracy in Zambia.

Please note that we will be repeating the same webinar to cater for the difference in time zones between EMEA, the Americas and APAC:

  • APAC – Tuesday 27th July | 10:00 HKT
  • EMEA – Tuesday 27th July | 10:00 BST (11:00 SAST)
  • Americas – Tuesday 27th July | 16:00 EDT

Zaynab Mohamed

Political Analyst

Zaynab Mohamed

Political Analyst

Zaynab Mohamed | Political Analyst

Zaynab is a political analyst for 10 African countries at NKC African Economics. She joined NKC as a political analyst in March 2020. Zaynab holds a BA Honours degree in International Studies and she is currently pursuing her MA in Political Science at the University of Stellenbosch.

 

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