GERMANY has provided 20 million euros to five African countries including Zambia for development of infrastructure in the Kavango-Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area (KAZA-TFCA).
In a statement released yesterday by Ministry of Environment, Tourism and Natural Resources public relations officer Isaac Kanguya, the German government released the funds for the purpose of economic growth and sustainable, attractive jobs in the region.
Other countries to benefit from the funds were Zimbabwe, Namibia, Angola and Botswana.
Germany minister for Economic Cooperation and Development Dirk Niebel said the project denoted successful international cooperation for sustainable development.
Mr Niebel said if five countries decided to protect their natural treasures together and cooperated so closely as it was happening in the KAZA-TFCA project, that guaranteed peace and stability for the whole region.
“Economic integration opens up new market opportunities for business, leading to jobs and economic growth, meaning that the work the KAZA project is doing is exactly the kind of forward looking sustainable cooperation that my country wants to support in Africa,” he said.
He said it should be possible in the future for tourists to travel through the nature park of all countries using one visa, which would in turn attract nature fans from all over the world.