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1 Presentation to Economic Association of Zambia Forum on Mining tax in Zambia 2 December 2009 By Frederick Bantubonse General Manager

2 Agenda/Content Brief history of mining sector investment in Zambia The Life Cycle Assessment Total Tax Contribution Non measurable benefits

3 Brief History Phase 1 – 1960s and 1970s –High international commodity prices –Newly independent governments –Nationalisation of mines –Surplus revenues from copper

4 Phase 2 – Zambia s Nationalised Mine Assets –Little or no investment in mining sector –Existing mines run down requiring significant investment –Insufficient national reserves for investment

5 Phase 3 –Post Privatisation 2000 to 2008 Privatisation –Attracted FDI now over US$ 4 billion by 2008 –Plant rehabilitation & new processing facilities and mines. –Production up from 257,000mt in 2000 to over 500,000mt in Investment –International metal prices start to increase - rose by 269% on average at its peak –Increased demand from China and India –All new investments in Zambia by “junior” mines –“Junior” mines perceived to be more risky by institutional investors – therefore expect higher returns –Financing for junior mines more difficult to obtain

6 Zambia FDI FDI inflows to Zambia exhibited a fluctuating but general increase and favourable tread over more than a decade. FDI, which stood at less than USD100m in 1994, reached a significant USD 800 million in 2007

7 GRZ introduces new tax regime and mining law. –Exploration declined –Projects put on hold –Metal price on international market collapses to below US$ 3000/tn

8 2008- continued Copper prices slump in September 2008 from a all time high of US $8,800 to below US $3,000 Risk of financial support being withdrawn All mining companies face uncertain future Particularly difficult times for mining companies committed to significant capital expenditure High cost mines went into care and maintenance

9 Current position Copper prices rebound However long term outlook still uncertain: –Insufficient investor confidence –Insufficient liquidity in capital market –Financial houses risk averse –Borrowing still difficult and expensive –Uncertain political outlook

10 Life cycle assessment On average it takes between 15 to 25 years for a mine to establish itself and realise regular returns For e.g. Lumwana Mining, Ore body discovered around 1962 Took 8 years to develop the mine –Define ore body, produce bankable feasibility, financing, construction and finally operations –All this time the company was incurring costs with no revenue

11 Life cycle assessment Early years predominantly characterised by exploration activities Significant investment which may or may not be realised This is followed by bankable feasibility study Organising and raising finance Significant upfront investment – to build new mines Modernisation and rehabilitation Depletion and closure (few years to 100 years)

12 2yrs -20yrs Mine Exploration years 2 Mine Development years 3 Mine Operation 2-20 years 4 Mine Closure 2-10 years 7-10yrs 5yrs -10yrs 2yrs -10yrs The mine Cycle Production Time

13 Life cycle assessment – development phase Significant capital expenditure required not just on mining operations but on: –Infrastructure development –Support to local industry –Employment and training –Community development projects All this with significant challenges: -High cost of doing business -Poor transport & telecommunications network

14 LONG TERM APPROACH ESSENTIAL It takes time before a country can realise tax revenues from mining investment Empirical studies show that on average it will take at least 15 years after commencement of operations before a country will reap reasonable tax revenues The major benefits accrue from investment and only a small amount is realised from tax revenues

15 Total Tax Contribution When considering the taxes received by a State there is need to take account of all contributions This should include: –Obvious and easily identifiable and measurable taxes; –Expenses of business that are not allowed relief (hidden taxes); –Expenditure incurred on infrastructure and social and community welfare projects for the mining community

16 Tax statistics Current focus in Zambia when assessing mining contributions is on: - Corporate tax; - Variable profits tax; - Mineral royalties; - Export levy.

17 However in reality need to take a/c of: - PAYE - VAT - Customs duties - Fuel levy - Duty on diesel - Property taxes

18 PAYE Source: Zambia Development Agency

19 PAYE The mining sector clearly has the greatest impact, in value terms. This is not surprising, given both the magnitude of investment and salaries and employment levels in the sector. Source: Zambia Development Agency

20 VAT %age of VAT contribution decreases temporarily because of significant capital investment Source: Zambia Development Agency

21 VAT VAT contribution by sector Source: Zambia Development Agency

22 Corporate and variable profits tax Given that most mining companies have had significant investment costs there will be little contribution to corporate and variable taxes despite the increase in prices because: - of accelerated capital expenditure; - increased operational costs in earlier years; - increased finance costs in earlier years; - significant carry forward tax losses (2000 to 2004) The above coupled with boom bust cycle since the 1960s means that there has been insufficient time for mining companies to establish and realise significant AND consistent returns

23 Total tax contribution Investment in non mining operations: –Infrastructure –Mine hospitals –Schools –Health care programmes – e.g. malaria control, HIV, etc –Training academy –Community development projects –Township development

24 Major benefits of attracting mining investments Attracts more FDI in terms of suppliers and subcontractors Increased FDI brings about – increase in employment, skills base, increased capital investment, increased technology Money into the economy Increase in foreign exchange reserves Strengthens Kwacha – reduces import costs Corporate social responsibility programmes

25 Strategy and policy important The benefits of FDI can multiply and accelerate growth and development providing appropriate environment and framework is created by government

26 Exports-2004 to 2006 Source: Zambia Development Agency

27 Exports to 2006 Source: Zambia Development Agency

28 Employment Generation (new jobs) Source: Zambia Development Agency

29 Employment Generation (new jobs) Source: Zambia Development Agency

30 Thank You


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