HONE SIAME, Ndola
NORTHERN Province permanent secretary Hlobotha Nkunika says the Link Zambia 8000 road project has started yielding economic results following the incorporation of Eastern Province into the Northern Tourism Circuit.
Mr Nkunika said in an interview at the Zambia International Trade Fair (ZITF) that the construction of new roads by government has linked Eastern, Muchinga and Northern provinces.
Eastern Province, which boasts of some tourist sites such as the South Luangwa National Park, has joined the northern tourism circuit that comprises Luapula, Northern and Muchinga provinces.
He said provincial permanent secretaries in the four provinces will work hard to market the circuit in a more coordinated manner.
Mr Nkunika said the region is endowed with a number of tourist sites whose access had in the past been hindered by lack of good road network but,Â the problem has received the attention of the government which has constructed and upgraded road infrastructure in the region through its robust Link Zambia 8000 road project.
Government has constructed a new road from Matumbo in Chinsali to Chama, which connects Eastern Province, and there is another road linking Isoka to Kasama in as well as Lundazi via Chama district.
â€œThe road linkage that Government has created has made it possible for Eastern Province to be part of the Northern Tourism Circuit. This move will boost the tourism industry in the region and contribute to economic development.
â€œThe road infrastructure development programme under the Link Zambia 8000 project has connected and brought Eastern Province closer to Northern and Muchinga Provinces. It has now become easy for us to coordinate activities in the four provinces that form the Northern Tourism Circuit,â€ Mr Nkunika said.
On the upgrading of Kasama Airport to international standard, he said Government has allocated K141 million to boost tourism in the region as tourists will easily access tourist sites.
Mr Nkunika called on local and international tourists to take advantage of improved road infrastructure to visit various interesting and unique tourist sites within the circuit.
HONE SIAME, Ndola