5 December 2012

Zambia: Take Advantage of UNWTO Assembly, Women Urged

THE Zambia Federation Association of Women in Business (ZFAWB) has urged women entrepreneurs, especially in the tourism sector to take advantage of the forthcoming United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) Assembly and reap benefits from it.

Zambia is expected to co-host the UNWTO assembly in August, 2013 with Zimbabwe which will see more than 2,000 delegates to the two countries.

ZFAWB executive director Maureen Sumbwe said members should position themselves to get business from the UNWTO saying it was a rare opportunity for the country to reap a lot of benefits.

Ms Sumbwe said the women should aim at packaging their products so that they attract those visiting the country.

"This will be a great opportunity for them to make money through selling various products and our appeal, especially to women is that they should package their various products in order to attract those who will come to the country," she said.

Recently, Tourism and Arts minister Sylvia Masebo urged women entrepreneurs to take advantage of the UNWTO General Assembly by obtaining tourism licences for them to effectively participate at the event next year.

Ms Masebo said women should take advantage of the UNWTO event by venturing in business activities that would facilitate the smooth hosting of the event in 2013.

She said it was important for entrepreneurs, especially women to take advantage of the event and obtain tourism licences from the Ministry of Tourism and Arts to enable them participate effectively in the various business ventures.

About 156 memberstates and other delegates and tourists are expected to attend the event, women can showcase their products, hire out their vehicles to transport delegates during the conference and provide catering services.

Ms Sumbwe said women was positioning themselves to be part of the process by joining various committees that will facilitate the smooth hosting of the conference adding, the federation was working with the Ministry of Community Development and Social welfare to see how women would show case their various products during the conference.

"The federation has put in place interventions to help the women entrepreneurs so that they get benefits from the conference. And one of the interventions is that we are in talks with the Community Development Ministry and Ministry of Tourism and Arts so that our members get licences to participate," she said.

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