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Zambian vice president: Too much pessimism over Africa

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Rating agency Fitch has downgraded its outlook for Zambia but the country's new vice president Guy Scott says 'people are too inclined to pessimism'.

Mr Scott, a trained scientist, an ex-farmer and the most senior white official in post-colonial Africa told HARDtalk's Stephen Sackur the downgrading was not good professionalism by the ratings agency.

You can watch the full interview on BBC World News on Tuesday 1 May at 04:30, 09:30, 15:30 and 21:30 GMT and on the BBC News Channel on Tuesday 1 May at 04:30 BST and Wednesday 2 May at 00:30 BST.

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