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Zambia: Marijuana Industrialization Program to Finance the Debt?

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Zambia is suffering a severe hangover from its decade long commodity boom, as mounting debt and energy shortages are crippling the once vibrant economy. Zambia has seen a decrease in GDP growth from an average of 7.4% from 2004-2014 to barely 3% for 2016. This figure is only slightly above population growth. When annual inflation is added – which despite having decreased from 22.9% in January to only 8.8% in November – it reveals that the livelihoods of Zambians are actually regressing. This slowdown has affected the government’s bottom line, as Zambia’s national debt continues to pile up.

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Air Botswana abandons Lusaka flights

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Air Botswana has indefinitely ceased operating flights between Gaborone and Lusaka, as well as Harare. Air Botswana public relations officer Thabiso Leshoai said the Gaborone-Lusaka flights were terminated on November 13 and Gaborone-Harare flights on November 12. The decision comes as part of a route rationalisation exercise to reduce operational costs on non-profitable routes. The airline will also reduce frequencies on the Gaborone-Kasane route, suspending the Monday flight. This leaves six weekly frequencies.

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