Business Monitor International


Zambia Business Forecast Report

Published 26 March 2014

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Zambia Business Forecast Report

Core Views:

  • Zambia is facing several political challenges including a weakening currency, rumours of President Sata's ill-health and a main opposition party in disarray. The country must also navigate what is likely to be a volatile constitution-making process. At this stage, we believe that Zambia has an institutional framework robust enough to see off these challenges.

  • The Zambian kwacha will remain under pressure over the short-term as it will take time for the monetary authorities' tightening measures to feed through to sentiment. Over the longer term, we believe that the kwacha is likely to stabilise rather than descend into a spiral à la the Ghanaian cedi.

  • Currency weakness and potential macroeconomic instability will not meaningfully affect economic growth and we have only made a small downgrade to our 2014 real GDP growth forecast (to 6.7% from 6.9% previously) and left our 2015 forecast unchanged at 7.0%. That said, risks are firmly to the downside.

Major Forecast Changes:

  • W e have downgrade d our 2014 real GDP growth forecast to 6.7% from 6.9% previously .

  • We have increased our end-2014 inflation forecast to 9.3% from 7.9% previously owing to currency weakness.

Key Risks To Outlook:

  • The most salient risks to Zambia's economy stem from global economic developments which directly impact the price of copper, Zambia's chief export, as well as the appetite for frontier market investment. If struggles in Europe, China, and other major markets are more or less pronounced than we currently anticipate, then our forecasts would be rendered either too optimistic or too negative.

  • We believe that President Michael Sata understands the importance of maintaining good relationships with foreign businesses and other private sector stakeholders. However, recent actions threaten Zambia's reputation for democratic stability, and if the situation worsens, businesses may become more wary.

  • The currency could pose a threat to macroeconomic stability...

Table of Contents

Executive Summary
5
Core Views
5
Major Forecast Changes
5
Chapter 1: Political Outlook
7
SWOT Analysis
7
BMI Political Risk Ratings
7
Domestic Politics
8
Political Challenges Mounting
8
Table: Political Overview
8
Long-Term Political Outlook
9
A Question Of Policy, Not Politics
9
Chapter 2: Economic Outlook
11
SWOT Analysis
11
BMI Economic Risk Ratings
11
Economic Activity
12
Currency Weakness To Have Little Impact On Growth
12
table: GDP By Expenditure 2011-2018
12
Exchange Rate Forecast
13
ZMW: Cedi-Like Spiral Possible But Unlikely
13
TABLE: BMI CURRENCY FORECAST
14
Monetary Policy
15
Monetary Policy To Remain Tight On Kwacha Weakness
15
Regional Outlook
16
African Lions: Is Ghana A Bellwether-
16
table: African Lions - Current Account Balance, % of GDP
17
Chapter 3: 10-Year Forecast
19
The Zambian Economy To 2023
19
Mines Both A Driver Of And Risk To Growth
19
Table: Long-Term Macroeconomic Forecasts
19
Chapter 4: Business Environment
21
SWOT Analysis
21
BMI Business Environment Risk Ratings
21
Business Environment Outlook
22
Institutions
22
TABLE: BMI BUSINESS AND OPERATION RISK RATINGS
22
Table: BMI LEGAL FRAMEWORK RATING
23
Table: LABOUR FORCE QUALITY
24
Infrastructure
25
TABLE: ANNUAL FDI INFLOWS
25
Table: TRADE AND INVESTMENT RATINGS
26
Market Orientation
27
Operational Risk
28
Table: Top Export Destinations, 2002-2009
28
Chapter 5: Key Sectors
31
Power
31
Table: Total Electricity Generation Data And Forecasts
32
table: Total Electricity Generation Data And Forecasts
33
Other Key Sectors
35
tabl e: Pha rma Secto r Key Indicato rs
35
table: Telecoms Sector Key Indicators
35
table: Food & Drink Sector Key Indicators
35
table: Autos Sector Key Indicators
36
Chapter 6: BMI Global Assumptions
37
Global Outlook
37
Emerging Market Deceleration
37
Table: Global Assumptions
37
Tabl e: Develop ed Stat es, Real GDP Growt H, %
38
Tabl e: BMI VER SUS BLOOMBER G CONSEN SUS RE AL GDP GROWTH FORE CASTS, %
38
Tabl e: Em ergi ng Markets , Real GDP Growth , %
39

The Zambia Business Forecast Report helps businesses with market assessment, strategic planning and decision making to promote growth and profitability in The Zambia and is an essential tool for CEOs, Chairmen, Finance Directors/CFOs, Managing Directors, Marketing/Sales Directors with commercial interests in this emerging market..

An influential new analysis of The Zambia's economic, political and financial prospects through end-2017, just published by award-winning forecasters, Business Monitor International (BMI).

Key Uses

  • Forecast the pace and stability of The Zambia's economic and industry growth through end-2017.
  • Identify and evaluate adverse political and economic trends, to facilitate risk mitigation.
  • Assess the critical shortcomings of the business environment that pose hidden barriers and costs to corporate profitability.
  • Contextualise The Zambia's country risks against regional peers using BMI's country comparative Risk Ratings system.
  • Evaluate external threats to doing business in The Zambia, including currency volatility, the commodity price boom and protectionist policies.

The Zambia Business Forecast Report by Business Monitor International (BMI) includes three major sections: Economic Outlook, Political Outlook and Business Environment.

Economic Outlook:

How will the Zambian economic policy-making and performance impact on corporate profitability over 2013-2017?

BMI provides our fully independent 5-year forecasts for The Zambia through end-2017 for more than 50 economic and key industry indicators. We evaluate growth, and also forecast the impact of economic management.

Economic Outlook Contents

The Zambia Business Forecast Report features BMI's forecasts with supporting analysis for 2013 through to end-2017, set against government views and BMI's evaluation of global and regional prospects.

Key Areas Covered:

Data:

  • Full 10-year forecasts with data - for key macroeconomic variables including GDP (real growth and per capita), population, inflation, current account balance and the exchange rate.
  • BMI's comprehensive Risk Ratings system - rates each country worldwide for economic and political risk, and rates the business environment, within a global and regional context.

Written Analysis:

  • Economic Activity - real GDP growth, employment, inflation, consumption (retail sales and confidence).
  • Balance of Payments - trade and investment, current and capital account.
  • Monetary Policy - interest rate trends (bank lending and deposit rates) and inflation (producer price and consumer price).
  • Exchange Rate Policy - currency controls, foreign investment flows, exchange rates and foreign exchange reserves.
  • Fiscal Policy - macroeconomic strategy and policies, government finance and tax reforms.
  • Foreign Direct Investment - approvals, inflows and climate.
  • External Debt - debt profile (short and long-term plus public and private sector exposure).
  • Global Assumptions - forecasts for each year to end-2017 covering: major commodities, growth in key regions, inflation, and interest and exchange rates, in the United States, Japan, China and the eurozone.

Key Benefits

  • Rely upon BMI's 100% independent forecast scenarios for The Zambia and underlying assumptions - we take no advertising and are privately-owned.
  • Exploit the benefits of BMI's comprehensive and reliable macroeconomic database on The Zambia, sourced and fully maintained by BMI from an extensive network of private sector, government and multilateral contacts.
  • Gain key insights into the current and future direction of government economic policy, which could significantly affect your company's business prospects, from BMI's team of analysts and economists.

Political Outlook:

What are the political risks to doing business in The Zambia over the next 5-years?

BMI's The Zambia country Risk Ratings evaluate the short- and medium-term threats to political stability.

Political Outlook Contents

  • SWOT Analysis for the Zambian Market - Political Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats facing The Zambia.
  • Political Stability and Risk Assessment - BMI's Risk Ratings assess explicit short- and long-term risks to political stability; latest ratings, rankings and trends for The Zambia's risk are compared with regional and global averages.
  • Current Administration and Policy-making BMI assesses the threats to the continuity of economic policy, and likely changes to the business operating environment.

Key Benefits

  • Benchmark The Zambia's risk profile against its neighbours, the global and regional average, allowing easy comparison of risks between key business markets.
  • Identify, evaluate and anticipate political and security risks to the business environment, and to your company's current operations and future plans.
  • Gain valuable insights into government and policy-making, through BMI's specialist team of analysts and economists, and their network of private and public sector sources.

Business Environment

Business Environment Risk Ratings with SWOT Analysis - Business environment Risk Ratings for The Zambia, benchmarked against ratings for regional neighbours.

Country Competitiveness - Competitiveness of The Zambia's business operating environment in supporting corporate growth and profitability, compared with regional neighbours.

Business Environment Contents

  • Domestic Environment - Transparency, cronyism and corruption; labour market flexibility; corporate tax burden; interest rate levels; sophistication of banking sector and stock market; levels of business confidence; infrastructure and IT.
  • Foreign Direct Investment - Analysis of foreign investment regime; foreign ownership laws; attractiveness of business environment to foreign investors.
  • Foreign Trade - Analysis of trading environment, government trade policy, liberalisation measures, tariffs and membership of trade areas.

Key Benefits

  • Assess your company's evolving exposure to country specific operational and business risks, using BMI's in-depth analysis of the legal and regulatory business environment.
  • Understand your market's comparative strengths and weaknesses in the key areas of commercial infrastructure and business institutions, using BMI's proprietary global Business Environment Risk Ratings.

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Testimonials

The sections that I find most interesting and useful are the macroeconomic data and forecasts for the country, top export destinations and economic activity. The indicators/analysis of these areas helps us orient our thinking, our assumptions and, consequently, our decisions in the commercial area.

Country Manager, DHL Express