Zambia - Market Challenges | exportNov 7, 2017 . The Zambian economy is heavily dependent on copper mining and rain-fed agricultural production, which exposes the economy to such external vulnerabilities as changes in global copper prices and seasonal weather patterns. Zambia has a relatively small domestic market that is spread across a country.zambias mining market opportunities and challenges,Zambia - Market Opportunities | exportNov 7, 2017 . Opportunities in the sector are led by demand in the mining industry, infrastructure development, residential buildings, and offices. Mining: Zambia is the second largest copper producer in Africa and seventh largest in the world. Foreign Direct Investment (FDI), since privatization, totals more than $8 billion.