Upgrading of infrastructure in Livingstone will continue even after the August 2013 United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) General Assembly, Tourism and Arts Minister Sylvia Masebo has said.
Ms Masebo said infrastructure development taking place in Livingstone was just the beginning of more projects to be done to enhance the status of the tourist capital.
She was speaking in Livingstone at Dambwa Central Market on Saturday during a Livingstone Press Club UNWTO public sensitization forum hosted for Zambezi and Dambwa Central wards.
The minister was responding to questions from several Dambwa residents who wanted to know if Government had plans to continue with infrastructure development in the city after the UNWTO conference.
|Fast facts about UNWTO:|
|Dates||24th – 29th August 2013|
“One question which has been asked prominently is on whether Government will continue or stop infrastructure development in Livingstone after co-hosting the UNWTO General Assembly from August 24 to August 29 this year.
“My response is that the ongoing construction and upgrading work is just the beginning of more work to be done even after the UNWTO conference. This is because Government is committed to enhancing the status of the tourist capital,” she said.
On erratic water supply in Livingstone, Ms Masebo said Government was working with the Livingstone City Council and the Southern Water and Sewerage Company (SWASCO) to address the problem.
On the issue of human-animal conflict, Ms Masebo said the Zambia Wildlife Authority (ZAWA) and the office of the Vice-President had initiated programmes such as fencing some parks and training the community on how to defend themselves from the animals.
She urged residents who were interested in singing, cooking, dancing, crafts, fashion, modelling and other talents to register with the Southern Province Arts and Cultural Officer James Zimba.
She said they would in turn participate in lined up activities.
Livingstone Press Club secretary Edwin Mbulo said the club wanted the local community to understand the benefits of co-hosting the UNWTO General Assembly.
Date: 14 July 2013