Minister of Finance Alexandra Chikwanda

Minister of Finance Alexandra Chikwanda

Computerization of Victoria Falls and Katima Mulilo border posts has been completed, as the country prepares to host the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) general assembly in August this year.


Livingstone and Victoria Falls Town in Zimbabwe will between August 24 and 29 host the UNWTO general assembly which is expected to attract over 4,000 delegates.

The computerization of the two border posts is meant to expedite movement of travelers to and from Zambia, especially during the UNWTO general assembly, whose aftermath is anticipated to attract more tourists into the country.

Immigration Department public relations officer Namati Nshinka said he is confident the officers at Victoria Falls border in Livingstone and Katima Mulilo in Sesheke will now provide efficient and timely services to travelers.

Mr. Nshinka said the computerization included networking of sites, air conditioning and software licensing.

Fast facts about Vic Falls and Katima Mulilo border posts:  
Computerization of them border posts Fully completed
Aim of computerization To provide efficient and timely services to travellers
Computerization included Networking sites, Air conditioning, software licensing
Cost of computerization K500 000


He said the computerized borders have been linked to the immigration headquarters in Lusaka to quicken verification and issuance of travel documents.

“We will now have quick detection and capturing of information about travelers using webcam and biometrics, which is quicker compared to the manual system,” Mr Nshinka said.

Government released over K500,000 for computerization of systems at the border posts as part of preparations to host the UNWTO general assembly.

Mr. Nshinka also said Computer keyboardcomputerization of Kazungula border post will soon be completed once Zamtel links the border to the immigration headquarters.

“Computerization of Kazungula border post has stalled because Zamtel is yet to set up a link to our head office in Lusaka. Once they link it, it will take about five days to do the installation,” he said.



By: Chomba Musika

Date: 5 July 2013