16 February 2013

Zambia: Govt to Review Zawa Law - Veep

VICE-PRESIDENT Guy Scott is saddened by the current inefficient operations of the Zambia Wildlife Authority (ZAWA).

Arising from this, Government will review legislation to make the organisation more profitable.

Dr Scott said the operations of ZAWA were not impressive and that Government was working on efficient measures to revamp the authority so that its revenue potential could be realised.

The Vice-President was speaking in Lusaka yesterday during a meeting with cooperating partners of ZAWA and the tourism sector.

"We have to avoid similar mistakes that happened to ZAWA. We need to make ZAWA more proactive to realise its much needed revenue and also involve all leadership to reduce poaching," he said.

Dr Scott said Government was committed to protecting the country's wildlife citing South Africa which was generating huge revenues from the tourism sector and that Zambia could do better in view of its plentiful wildlife.

Tourism and Arts Minister Sylvia Masebo said her ministry had engaged the office of the Auditor -General to carry out broad audits of financial applications at all ZAWA offices.

Ms Masebo assured the cooperating partners that Government would ensure that ZAWA operations were supported and that reviewing of the organisation's legislation would be done within the next 90 days.

She said ZAWA was an important authority for promotion of Zambia's tourism sector and Government would work smartly to resuscitate the sector by addressing detriments affecting its growth.

United Nations country coordinator, Kanni Wagnaraja called for increased accountability and assured that cooperating partners would closely support Government to enhance the tourism sector.

Norwegian Ambassador to Zambia Arve Ofstad urged Government to critically evaluate areas of weaknesses that caused the underdevelopment of the tourism sector.

At the same function, US Ambassador to Zambia Mark Storella pledged increased support towards the successful hosting of the forthcoming United Nations World Tourism Organisation General Assembly in Livingstone this year.

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