Currency News: Zambian Kwacha Continues Massive Free Fall

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While China’s decision to devalue the Yuan  created major impact for economies around the globe, no country was more impacted than Zambia.  The kwacha (Zambian currency) has fallen 40% against the U.S. dollar this past year. The kwacha is now worth just a measly $.00019, which is a record low, for the already poor nation. This caused Zambian president Edgar Lungu to start a five-hour prayer session involving 5ooo Zambians and them all praying for the economy to improve.

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The reason for the kwacha struggles is because Zambia is very dependent on copper. China has been Zambia’s main copper trading partner with the former making up  a total of 70% of the latter’s copper exports. China decision to devalue the yuan came at the same time .

The fall in Copper hasn’t been the only reason for the country’s economic struggles.  The lack of rain in the country create electricity cuts that last up to 14 hours a day.

While foreign currency reserves have fallen 30% this year, the Zambian government has ruled out for any foreign- exchange controls in order to stop the kwacha’s plunge.

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