Zambia is a politically stable, multi-party democracy, rich in natural resources with a population of approximately 17 million people, 39% of who live in urban areas. With a GDP Per Capita of about $1722, Zambia has experienced positive economic growth for 13 years (7.3% in 2012) and has a growing middle class in population centers. The country has strong monetary and fiscal policies and a low inflation rate (below 7%).
Zambia belongs to a number of international organizations including the United Nations, International Monetary Fund (IMF), World Bank, and World Trade Organization (WTO). Regionally, Zambia is a member of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) and the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA).