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Zambia's tax u-turn; Mauritania's pivotal security role

When the fall in the price of copper began to accelerate in 2013, Zambia’s economic outlook weakened. With copper accounting for 70% of the country’s foreign exchange earnings, the dip led to the value of the kwacha plummeting 10%, and a rise in government indebtedness.

In 2013, Chinese demand accounted for 40% of global copper demand, and given that half of all Zambian copper extracted is shipped to China, the health of the economy is intrinsically linked to Chinese