Thursday, August 23, 2012

(DAILY MAIL ZM) Masebo happy with WTO preps

Masebo happy with WTO preps
August 23, 2012 | Filed under: Local News | Posted by: web editor

MINISTER of Tourism and Arts Sylvia Masebo says she is happy with the progress made so far in preparations for the World Tourism Organisation (WTO) general assembly to be co-hosted by Zambia and Zimbabwe next year.

Ms Masebo said on Tuesday evening after getting updates from the various players that she is confident that the country is up to date in terms of preparations for the event.

She was satisfied with the briefings from the Livingstone City Council (LCC), the Southern Water and Sewerage Company (SWASCO) and other public institutions and members of the private sector at Wasawange Lodge and Tours.

“I am very impressed with what I have heard. I am confident that when we meet again after two weeks, more progress will be reported. From here it’s action, action, action. It’s implementation, implementation, implementation. There is no time,” she said.

LCC director of engineering services Ben Chiyesu reported that out of the 34 roads that have been identified for rehabilitation or construction, the council has prioritised seven.

“After the last consultative meeting, we came up with a list of 34 roads. But because of budget constraints, we had to prioritise these roads and identified seven on which the K33 billion the National Roads Fund Agency has made available, will be spent,” Mr Chiyesu said.

And Town Clerk Vivian Chikoti said the council has already come up with some infrastructure development projects to be implemented around the city, in readiness for the WTO general assembly.

“We have done our homework. Once we are through with these projects, Livingstone will be a showpiece in this region,” she said.

Earlier, Minister of Chiefs and Traditional Affairs Nkandu Luo said her ministry has already devised a strategy to involve chiefdoms to provide the products Ms Masebo’s ministry will need to market Zambia’s tourism.

Ms Masebo left for Victoria Falls Town in Zimbabwe yesterday where she is expected to attend a Joint Ministerial Committee meeting on the WTO general assembly today.

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