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Zambia Plans Price-Based Royalty for Ailing Copper Mines

  • Copper producers struggling amid lower prices, rising costs
  • New system will boost government revenues when prices are high
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Zambian President Edgar Lungu’s cabinet has approved a plan to introduce a mine-royalties system that varies based on copper prices as it seeks to keep operations open and prevent further job cuts.

Levies will range from 4 percent to 6 percent, Amos Chanda, the president’s spokesman, said by mobile phone on Wednesday. That’s a narrower band than the 3 percent to 9 percent the government proposed in December. Royalties are currently 9 percent for open-pit mines and 6 percent for underground operations.