CHIMWEMWE MWALE, Livingstone
MINISTER of Tourism and Arts Charles Banda says the construction of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) Sustainable Tourism for
Elimination of Poverty (ST-EP) community resource centre project in Livingstone will empower local communities.
Mr Banda said the project, estimated to cost K2.3 million, will significantly contribute to poverty reduction through tourism in Livingstone.
The minister said this on Friday during a ground-breaking ceremony of the project, which will be constructed in Livingstone’s
He said the project is a gift and an appreciation to the Livingstone community for its hospitality during the co-hosting with Zimbabwe of the 2013 UNWTO general assembly.
Mr Banda said the project will focus on skills enhancement and capacity building apart from hosting a resource centre.
“The project will also constitute other activities such as a restaurant for traditional cuisines and other requisite infrastructure for recreation facilities that add value to Livingstone as a major tourist destination and gateway for tourism development in Zambia,” he said.
Mr Banda assured co-operating partners that Government will remain keen to ensure that the remaining activities of the project are implemented according to the agreed project development objectives and timeframes as indicated in the memorandum of understanding.
He thanked the UNWTO ST-EP and the South Korean government for ensuring that the project becomes a reality.
He urged the community to “own the project and guard it jealously” for its benefit.
And community representative Harriet Mubiana thanked President Lungu for ensuring that development is taken to all parts of the country and that the project is testimony of the President’s commitment to countrywide advancements.
Ms Mubiana assured the minister that the community will guard the facility jealously against vandalism and theft.