podcast

The impact of Chinese investment in Zambia

19/07/2012 8:30 am

Geoffrey Chongo from the Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection in Zambia

China's economic interests in Africa are far reaching. In this podcast we speak to Geoffrey Chongo of the Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection in Zambia. China bought heavily into the mining industry in Zambia when the economy crashed in 2008. This has brought increased productivity and yield but at what cost to the miners and the Zambian people?

In this Catholic News podcast, Geoffrey Chongo discusses:

  • The mining industry and the fair pay and treatment of its workers
  • Commercial farming
  • Trading - cheap goods and the displacement of traders
  • The construction industry

"Our role is to help government come up with policies that will guide Chinese investment and foreign investment so that Zambians benefit.

"One of the areas we have been focusing on is the taxation of the mining sector. In 2009, the mining sector had a turnover of $5bn dollars. The Zambian government only received $500m in tax revenue so we're saying to the government we can't have such a situation."

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China's Influence in Zambia

An interview with Geoffrey Chongo from the Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection in Zambia   chongo-china-zambia.mp3 5.23 MB

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