3 January 2013

Zambia: Road to UNWTO Indaba Bright

ZAMBIA has made tremendous progress in preparing for the 20th session of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) general assembly to be held in August this year, Tourism and Arts Minister Sylvia Masebo has said.

Ms Masebo said a site for the construction of an inter-city bus terminus at a cost of KR14.5 million (K14.5 billion) in Villa Grounds in Livingstone has been identified.

The tendering process was on course while work would begin by the end of this month.

Ms Masebo said at a media briefing yesterday that the terminus grounds had 14 hectares out of which six would be for sport activities.

The minister was giving an update on the preparations towards the hosting of the general assembly.

She said the commissioning of the new departure terminal building at Harry Mwaanga Nkumbula International Airport in Livingstone would soon be announced while the construction of the international arrival terminal was progressing well.

Ms Masebo said the National Arts Council and National Airports Corporation Limited had completed discussions on the creation of sculpture parks at Harry Mwaanga Nkumbula Airport and Kenneth Kaunda International Airport in Lusaka.

She said the rehabilitation of Livingstone General Hospital, including the construction of a new intensive care unit, had commenced.

A mobile hospital consisting of nine trucks would be set up at the venue during the assembly, she said.

On the border posts, Ms Masebo said the old border post was still in use because the contractor had not handed over to Government the new one-stop-border facility at Katima Mulilo.

The handover would be done tomorrow.

The access roads to the border facility would only be completed by February 28, this year.

Ms Masebo announced that the joint UNWTO website name had been approved and content had being uploaded but members of the public would only be able to access it next month.

She said visas for delegates between Livingstone and Victoria Falls resort towns would be granted free of charge.

The UNWTO steering committee comprising permanent secretaries from key ministries last month undertook a trip to Livingstone to inspect various projects lined up for the general assembly

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