Changes in GDP

 

Changes in GDP ppp USD Billions

  

Zambia

Zimbabwe

Botswana

2003

8.678

24.03

14.200

2004

9.409

24.370

  ——-

2007

16.100

2.348

  ——-

2008

17.830

2.292

29.170

 

Changes in GDP ppp per capita USD

 

  

Zambia

Zimbabwe

Botswana

2003

$ 800

$ 1,900

$ 9,000

2008

$ 1,500

$ 200

$ 15,800

 

Life expectancy from birth in years

  

Zambia

Zimbabwe

Botswana

2004

39.7

36.67

33.87

2008

38.63

45.77

50.16

 

 

Zimbabwe’s collapse demonstrates a phenomenon, an economy can collapse without an external force like a war, famine or plague. When the misery and suffering is taken into account, the Chinese concept of using capital punishment for administrative malfeasance has merit.

PPP refers to purchasing power parity.

 

The CIA worldbook has been updated and I now publish the estimates for Zambia, Zimbabwe and Botswana.

Zimbabwe collapse or hope from Zambia

Changes in GDP ppp in three years

  Zambia USD Billions Zimbabwe USD Billions
2004 est 9.409 24.370
2007 est 16.100 2.348

Values extracted from CIA World book 2005 and CIA World book online

Zambia’s figure has been inflated by a resources boom. The decline in Zimbabwe’s economy is the type normally associated with that of defeat in a war.