Zambia: Toward Stability for Copper

When government ministers from four of the free world's main copper-exporting countries gathered in the sweltering Zambian capital of Lusaka on June 1, the copper-consuming nations had every reason to worry. The idea, as conceived last fall by Zambian President Kenneth Kaunda and Chilean President Eduardo Frei, was to set up a price-and-quota-fixing copper cartel to control the world market. After all, their countries plus Peru and the Congo produce 70% of the earth's copper sold for export. * With economies largely based on copper, all four nations have suffered as the price of the red metal...

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