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INDIA : India’s Trade with the African Region notched US$ 38.96 Billion in the year 2009-10 (DGCI&S provisional figures) constituting 8.37% share in India’s total trade. Trade with the region has grown at a CAGR of 18.10% from US$ 4.48 Billion in 1996-97.
AFRICA : 54 Countries, 1 billion people, US$ 1.01 Billion of trade. Imports worth US$ 468 billion include Mineral Fuels, Oils, Machinery, Vehicles including Boats, Ships, Aircrafts, Electronics & Electricals, Iron & Steel & Articles thereof, Cereals, Plastics, Pharmaceuticals, etc.

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Country at a Glance

Southern Africa


Country Head


11,862,740(UN 2008)

$17.37Bn (2008 est)

GDP Per Capita
$1,500 (2008 est.)

Main Language
English(official), Nyanja




Zambia is situated at the southern part of the continent of Africa with a total area of 752,618 sq km. The Land Boundaries stretches to nearly 5,664 km, and there is no coastline as the country is landlocked. Zambia is surrounded by Angola, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Namibia, Democratic Republic of Congo and Malawi. Zambia is further subdivided into 10 provinces Lusaka, Ndola, Kitwe, Kabwe, Chingola, Mufulira, Luanshya, Livingstone, Kasama and Chipata.

The Zambian economy has historically been based on the copper-mining industry, but output of copper fell during mid nineties. The surging copper prices though, from 2004 to the present day rapidly rekindled international interest in Zambia's copper sector with a new buyer found for KCCM and massive investments in expanding capacity launched. China has become a major investor in the Zambian copper industry. In February 2007, the two countries had announced the creation of a Chinese-Zambian economic partnership zone around the Chambishi copper mine.

About 60 percent of Zambia's population depends on agriculture for its livelihood. Maize is the principal cash crop as well as the staple food. Other important crops include soybean, cotton, sugar, sunflower seeds, wheat, sorghum, pearl millet, cassava, tobacco and various vegetable and fruit crops. Floriculture is a growth sector and agricultural non-traditional exports now rival the mining industry in foreign exchange receipts. Agriculture has tremendous potential in the export market, as currently less than only 20% of its arable land is cultivated and, over the years, the sector has shown a steady growth rate of 3.4 percent per annum.

Sector Profiles/Investment Opportunities Detail


Zambia’s economic sector has continued to experience improvement in the recent years. The real GDP growth rate is from 2005 to 2008 is about 6% per year, which has increased the agricultural production, increased performance in manufacturing sector, exports in the mining sector, increased, growth in tourism  and new investments...........Read More



Zambia is considered as one of the most attractive destinations in the African continent for investment. The main profitable sectors for investment in Zambia are considered to be the agriculture, manufacturing, energy, tourism and mining sectors..........Read More






Apex Bodies

Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa.

Federation of National Association of Women in Business in COMESA.

Institute for Southern Africa Development.


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Useful Information

National Industry Chambers

Lusaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry:

Trade Point

Trade Point Lusaka :

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Zambia Daily Mail

Times of Zambia

The Post Online

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