The Report acknowledges the significant steps Zambia has taken in recent years to liberalise its economy but focuses on the vital reforms and improvements that are necessary for the country to achieve accelerated growth, in particular:
Greater policy consistency and better infrastructure are essential. All key areas of comparative advantage are shown to suffer in this regard.
High copper prices and the crisis in neighbouring Zimbabwe offer a window of opportunity that will close in time.
A more vigorous programme to mobilise Zambians (both government and the voting public) around the benefits of a free-market economy and accelerated growth is required.
Such a programme could take a number of forms, and this report makes several recommendations vis-a-vis the regulatory environment, local ownership and involvement, road transport, energy, tourism and agriculture.