Last year, Zambia produced 774,290 tonnes of copper. This year, the output is expected to reach between 800,000 and 850,000 tonnes. Next year, they predict it will increase even higher, to 1,000,000 tonnes. Why the steady increase? Power supply is stable, and copper prices have been on a general upward trend since 2016. A significant contributor to the copper output is Konkola Copper Mines, just one of the foreign mining companies operating on Zambian soil, a list which includes Barrick Gold, First Quantum Minerals, and Glencore Plc.
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