The Immigration Department says computerisation of its systems at three border posts in Livingstone and Kazungula ahead of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) general assembly is expected to be completed by June.
Livingstone and Victoria Falls Town in Zimbabwe will from August 24 to 29 this year jointly host the global tourism event, which is expected to attract over 4,000 delegates.
Government recently released over KR500,000 for computerisation of Victoria Falls border post in Livingstone, Katima Mulilo and Kazungula border posts, as the country steps up preparations to host the 20th Session of the UNWTO general assembly, which will be held in southern Africa for the first time.
Immigration acting public relations officer Mubanda Chansa said in an interview in Livingstone yesterday that the department has since bought equipment needed for the project which includes 20 computers, 15 web cameras and finger print scanners. She says “The tender process for computerisation of the three border posts has been approved and Techno Soft Company has been awarded the contract to do the works”.
Chansa says, “The 20 computers, 15 webcams, 15 finger print scanners and 9 printers were bought and Zamtel was contracted to do the connectivity of the borders to the headquarters in Lusaka”. The border posts will be linked to the headquarters in Lusaka which will in turn expedite the verification and issuance of travel documents.
Immigration officers at the three border controls will also be trained on how to use the computerised system and expressed confidence that the development will enhance operations and effectiveness of officers at the three stations.
“The computerisation of the border posts is part of preparations to host the UNWTO general assembly this August and we intend to finish the works in the first week of June”, states Chanda.
She said the computerisation, which will also include networking of sites, air conditioning and software licensing, will enhance operations and effectiveness of officers at the three stations.
The computerisation of Victoria Falls, Katima Mulilo and Kazungula border posts is meant to ease the movement of travellers to and from Zambia, during, before and after the UNWTO general assembly, whose aftermath is anticipated to increase the flow of tourists into the country.
By: CHOMBA MUSIKA
Date: 2 May 2013