All five member countries in the Kavango-Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area (KAZA TFCA) are expected to have uniform visas by December, this year, Tourism and Arts Minister Sylvia Masebo has said.
KAZA-TFCA is potentially the world’s largest conservation area, spanning five southern African countries namely Angola, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe, centred around the Caprivi-Chobe-Victoria Falls areas.
Its goal is to sustainably manage the Kavango-Zambezi ecosystem, its heritage and cultural resources based on best conservation and tourism models for the socio-economic well-being of the communities and other stakeholders in and around the eco-region through harmonisation of policies, strategies and practices.
Ms Masebo said the common visa would be a milestone as it would allow for the free movement of people and goods within the five-member countries and ultimately promote tourism in the region.
She was speaking at a press briefing at Harry Mwaanga Nkumbula International Airport in Livingstone on Thursday night on arrival from Menongue in Angola where she and other delegates attended a meeting for KAZA Ministers of Tourism, Wildlife and Natural Resources.
“One of the points to note from the just-ended Angola meeting is that by December 31, 2013, it is hoped that we shall have the common KAZA-TFCA visa between five member countries.
“This will allow for free movement of people and goods and it will be a milestone for tourism promotion,” Ms Masebo said.
She said the new visa regime was something that the entire Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) would have to learn from KAZA ministers of Tourism, Wildlife and Natural Resources.
Ms Masebo said KAZA-TFCA was doing a lot of projects in Sioma-Ngwezi and Sesheke in Western Province of Zambia.
“We have come from a very successful KAZA-TFCA Ministers meeting in Angola. During the 20th session of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) General Assembly in Livingstone, this month, delegates would be taken to KAZA-TFCA projects for Zambia where a lot of things have been done in the area of wildlife and on tourism in general,” Ms Masebo said.
Date: 10 August 2013