Stealing Afric The World Of Zambia 's Extinct Copper Mining Tax Return

715 Words Nov 9th, 2015 3 Pages
In this response, I will be talking about the argument of Christoffer Guldbrandsen in his documentary Stealing Africa. Christoffer Guldbrandsen’s intention of this film was to show the world of Zambia’s extinct copper mining tax return. He is informing us that Ivan Glasenberg, CEO of Glencore, which owns Mopani Copper Mines, is cheating the government of Zambia and not supplying that country with the tax funds they rightfully deserve. Zambia is known to have the third largest copper reserve in the world, but somehow the citizens of Zambia live on less than one dollar a day and eighty percent of the people who live there are unemployed. Because of this Zambia is ranked among the twenty poorest countries worldwide. One of the statements from this film that was brought to my attention severely was “we are wealthy, yet we are poor,” which was said by Wylbur Simuusa, the Minister of Mines. These copper mines have extracted copper worth more than twenty nine billion U.S. dollars. How could the country of Zambia be living such an impecunious life with such rich natural resources? That is what Guldbrandsen argues; he discloses information on this multinational corporation that validates them avoiding taxes and/or the use of tax havens. Christoffer Guldbrandsen’s argument is supported with a variety of evidence. He accompanied Guy Scott, Vice President of Zambia, to the Mopani Copper Mines and interviewed Emmanuel Mutati, chairman of Mopani Mines. When Guldbrandsen asked him about…

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