Lusaka, 23rd November 2019: The Africa Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) Targeted Review team led by Panel Member Bishop Don Dinis Salomão Sengulane was in Zambia for a two-week study of the Contribution of Tourism and Mineral Resources to the economy of Zambia. The team held consultation meetings with various stakeholders at national and provincial levels to get their views on the two sectors.
In its provincial tours to various parts of the country, the team engaged with traditional leaders, private sector and senior government officials.
The stakeholders were optimistic that the reports on Tourism and Mineral Resources would make concise recommendations which would be implemented quickly to benefit the citizens of Zambia. They pointed out the need to revive Zambia’s national carrier, strengthening the capacity of government to raise revenues by combating outward financial flows and empowering the private sector in a bit to promote locally-owned small scale industries.
The Targeted Review team observed that while Zambia had good practices to share with the rest of the continent, much work remained to be done to fully exploit the potentials of Tourism and Mineral Resources.
Subsequent to the regional tours, the APRM Targeted Review team paid a courtesy call on His Excellency, Edgar Chagwa Lungu, President of the Republic of Zambia, who affirmed that he was looking forward to receiving the reports which would be presented at the February 2020 African Peer Review (APR) Forum of Heads of State and Government.
The courtesy call on His Excellency the President was followed by a meeting with Members of Parliament, Chairpersons of Committees responsible for Tourism and Mineral Resources. The Members of Parliament discussed issues such as the need for the international community to be aware of the devastating impact of the climate change on tourist attractions such as the Victoria Falls which ran dry of water by November, 2019.
The team wound up with a meeting of the National Governing Council (NGC) and the National Secretariat to discuss the next items on the roadmap for the Targeted Review of the two sectors, prior to the APR Forum of Heads of State and Government.