CHIMWEMWE MWALE, Livingstone
SOUTHERN Province Minister Edify Hamukale has urged the business community in Living s tone to work towards transforming Livingstone into Zambia’s economic hub by making it
a less expensive tourist destination.
Dr Hamukale said the tourist capital has enormous potential to make immense contribution to the country’s economic growth.
He said the business community has a critical role to play in ensuring Livingstone is transformed into the country’s economic hub by responding positively to the significant improvement of the country’s macro-economic indicators.
Dr Hamukale said Livingstone has of late been translated as the most expensive destination and Government wants to reverse the situation through its continued efforts of engaging the business community on how best to change the situation.
He said the business community should respond positively to the remarkable reduction of the monetary policy rate, inflation and appreciation of the Kwacha by passing on the benefits to the consumers of various products.
“We will not get worse than this because the macroeconomic indicators are improving and as players let’s keep the graph growing,” Dr Hamukale said.
The minister said this yesterday when he addressed the Livingstone business community during a breakfast fund-raising independence meeting.
“We need to come up with economic activities such as expositions in trade and manufacturing so that we can once more claim the Livingstone past glory as a manufacturing and trading town other than the tourism sector alone,” Dr Hamukale said.
Dr Hamukale also said the patriotism of celebrating the country’s independence anniversary has degraded significantly.
He said it is unfortunate that people shun the national event for no apparent reason while others do not demonstrate patriotism by not singing the national anthem.
“I request you to support this year’s independence celebrations in this tourist capital by sponsoring activities that will not only be of social nature but of economic value to the people of Livingstone,” Dr Hamukale said.
And Livingstone mayor Eugene Mapuwo urged people to value Independence Day celebrations as it was attained through a hard struggle.
Mr Mapuwo further urged the business community and other stakeholders to make significant contribution and change to the manner this year’s 53rd independence anniversary will be celebrated in the tourist capital.
“We want tourists who will be in the city that day and period to notice the difference and see our patriotism and unity of purpose as Zambians,” he said.
Patriotic Front Southern Province chairman Lawrence Evans, United Party for National Development (UPND) Livingstone member of Parliament (MP) Matthews Jere and Livingstone acting district commissioner James Zimba were also in attendance.