Zimbabwe, Malawi exchange notes on tourism

Zimbabwe and Malawi yesterday concluded the third meeting of the Joint Technical Tourism Committee (JTTC) designed to assess progress in areas of cooperation agreed by the two governments.

The meeting took place in Lilongwe, Malawi from Wednesday and ended yesterday.

It was co-chaired by the Permanent Secretary for Environment, Climate, Tourism and Hospitality, Ambassador Raphael Faranisi and Mr Chauncey Simwaka, the Secretary for Tourism, Culture and Wildlife in Malawi.

The purpose of the meeting was to review progress on the implementation of agreed areas of cooperation since the second JTTC meeting held in Zimbabwe in 2019.

The areas of cooperation stem from the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on cooperation in tourism, which was signed by the two governments in April 2015.

The JTTC is a platform to facilitate the exchange of experience, expertise and ideas to support and deepen tourism cooperation between the two countries. In his remarks, Ambassador Faranisi said that the implementation of the National Strategy for the Recovery and Growth of Tourism launched by

President Mnangagwa is setting the pace for sustainable tourism growth and building the sector’s resilience.

The Tourism Strategy also outlines strategies designed to mitigate tourism actors against the impact of the devastating Covid-19 pandemic.

Positive developments have been noted following the gradual re-opening of international borders and territories, as evidenced by the increase in tourist arrivals to Zimbabwe in the second half of this year.