The Centre for Trade Policy and Development(CTPD) is a non-profit, membership based trade policy think tank established in 2004.
Formerly known as the ‘Civil Society Trade Network of Zambia’ (CSTNZ), the organisation has progressed from being a network to being a think tank. The organisation is affiliated to Africa Trade Networks (ATN), Our World Is Not For Sale Network (OWINFS), Southern African People Solidarity Network (SAPSN) and has a membership of 16 local Non-governmental Organisations and individual members.
CTPD aims to promote equitable pro-poor trade policies and practices in Zambia through trade reform at national, regional and international levels. In addition the organisation Facilitates the participation of member organizations and stakeholders to ensure that trade and investment serves as a tool for poverty eradication.
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The 2021 National Budget has been presented under unprecedented global times in Zambia’s contemporary history. Against the backdrop of an already deteriorating macroeconomic environment, the country has been hit hard by health and economic effects of the Covid-19 global health pandemic. Threated by fatalities from the pandemic, countries across the world have put in place a range of mitigating measures, which have in turn led directly to disruption of global trade and movement of people. The pandemic has jeopardized both people’s lives and their livelihoods.
The export of tobacco in Zambia increased from approximately $1.7 million in 1995 to $156.5 million in 2012 and averaged of USD100 million between 2013 and 2018. According to the WHO, agricultural land devoted to the harvesting of tobacco in Zambia increased over 350% in two decades from 1993 to 2013.While tobacco as a percentage of total exports for Zambia is rather small (comprising 1.2 percent of the GDP) tobacco is a cash crop for farmers, about 10,000 of whom grow tobacco and a source of employment in the country...
The accumulation of unsustainable debt, among the world’s heavily indebted poor countries, has resulted in poor developmental progress for children. Since the 1990s, the United Nations Children’s Fund has been voicing out its concern about the plight of children in indebted poor countries, driven by spending on servicing external debt rather than on basic health and education. Zambia is no stranger to high levels of Public debt.Prior to the year 2005, Zambia had accumulated a Total debt stock of 104% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP), way beyond the recommended debt thresholds....