Zambia plans sovereign wealth fund from mining

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Zambia, Africa's leading copper producer, plans to start a sovereign wealth fund to stimulate investment in strategic non-mining industries.

“We are currently working on the concept which will be presented to cabinet,” the ministry of finance’s permanent secretary in charge of budget and economic affairs, Felix Nkulukusa, said.

He did not give the size of the fund or say when it would be finalised.

President Michael Sata said that the government planned to introduce an Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) under which the fund would be established.

The IDC would boost the contribution of state-owned companies to national development by placing them under one umbrella holding entity, Sata said.

He said the IDC was a government strategy to enhance domestic capital formation, wealth creation and preservation by focusing on exploiting the country’s advantages in natural resources and actively developing industries and enterprises.