Trade Tour - Itinerary [ Biz/ed Virtual Developing Country ]


Itinerary and Tour Summary

The trade tour will involve a trip to several destinations within Lusaka. Many of the country's exports are grown, mined or manufactured in the surrounding rural areas, towns and cities. However to understand the economic problems the country faces we will focus on activities and organisations based in the capital city.

Destination 1 - The Freight Yards of Lusaka's Railway Station

On arriving at the railway station you see large metal containers being loaded onto trains. They are marked with their destinations. These include Dar Es salaam, Cape Town and other ports in Tanzania, South Africa, and Angola. They contain a whole range of different goods ranging from copper products to manufactured goods such as . As a landlocked state Zambia relies entirely on its rail, road and air transport for its communication links with the rest of the world. The purpose of coming here is to gain an understanding of Zambia's trade flows.

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Destination 2 - The Headquarters of the Common Market of East and Southern Africa (COMESA)

Here we visit the home of one of Africa's trading bloc - COMESA. Increasingly the need for regional co-operation between countries is resulting in the formation of regional economic groups. As countries are faced with the pressures from organisations such as the World Trade Organisation and its forerunner GATT to reduce barriers to trade between them many are looking to find ways of expanding and developing trade opportunities through forming free trade areas, custom unions, common markets and economic unions.

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Destination 3 - The Central Bank of Zambia

Your visit here will enable you to find out something about the origins of Zambia's debt situation and the role the International Monetary Fund plays in the economies of LDCs country's. The impact of the IMF on the policies of governments in LDCs and the lives of their people has provoked a lot of debate. These arguments will be explored. The trip will focus on the following.

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