Key Facts on Oil Prices

From Zambian Economist Mon Jan 28 2013, 00:58:00

The Government is trying to sort out challenge of high oil prices in Zambia. Vice President Scott recently told the Energy Regulation Board (ERB) to find ways to reduce fuel prices :

"Zambia has the highest fuel prices in the region and I think ERB should find effective ways of ensuring that fuel prices are reduced..." (Source : Times of Zambia)

ERB response :

"Our pricing structure is such that retail consumers subsidise industrial and commercial consumers...the people buying petrol are subsidising those buying diesel. Now the largest diesel users are commercial and industrial consumers that are being subsidised...So the ideal solution to this situation is to mark the product because then you know what product is going to the industry and that going to the consumers...When the marking takes place, we will be able to distinguish the various consumers that are using certain products. This is one of the major ways to reduce petrol prices." (Source : The Post)

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