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Zambian Business Times - - BUSINESS REVIEW -

Animal pro­duc­tion was equally un­der threat in the re­gion, and if dis­eases such as the “highly path­o­genic avian in­fluenza (HPAI), foot and mouth disease, and ra­bies” are not dealt with, SADC coun­tries would not be able to ex­port meat any­where in the world.

“The out­look of animal pro­duc­tion in the re­gion is good, but it is un­der threat be­cause of these trans-bound­ary dis­eases. If you don’t con­trol these, you can’t ex­port your meat. So, it is very im­por­tant for SADC to work as a re­gion be­cause these dis­eases can eas­ily move from one coun­try to an­other, which can have a very huge im­pact on the econ­omy of the re­gion,” Gove said.

The re­gional fish­ing sec­tor was also men­tioned as fac­ing chal­lenges. The re­gion lost over US$500 mil­lion per year through il­le­gal fish­ing.

SADC was, there­fore, work­ing on es­tab­lish­ing a mon­i­tor­ing, con­trol and sur­veil­lance co­or­di­nat­ing cen­tre to com­bat “il­le­gal, un­re­ported and un­de­clared fish­ing”.

The Namib­ian TRANS­PORT and com­mu­ni­ca­tions min­is­ter Brian Mushimba says the gov­ern­ment is ready to take up the chal­lenge of run­ning a suc­cess­ful air­line through the soon to be re-launched Zam­bia Air­ways.

Speak­ing in an exclusive in­ter­view with the Zambian Busi­ness Times, Mushimba said the gov­ern­ment be­lieves that the air­line will be a great suc­cess and as­sess­ments on its vi­a­bil­ity had been go­ing on for some time now.

Mushimba dis­closed that there is a pro­gramme to ren­o­vate and up­grade air­ports and so far four in­ter­na­tional air­ports are at ad­vanced stages of con­struc­tion. When these are com­pleted, the gov­ern­ment will pro­ceed to work on provin­cial and district air­ports.

“This pro­gramme is al­ready run­ning and so far Liv­ing­stone [air­port] is done, Ken­neth Kaunda [In­ter­na­tional Air­port] is at 80% com­ple­tion rate, Cop­per­belt In­ter­na­tional Air­port is at 15%, then next will be Mfuwe where works are about to start. Other air­ports such as Kasama and Mbala are at 90% com­ple­tion rates. All these are al­ready in the process and have been hap­pen­ing si­mul­ta­ne­ously with the plans of a na­tional air­line,” Mushimba said.

The min­is­ter said that at in­cep­tion, the air­line will be fly­ing lo­cally and after two years, it will fly re­gional routes and then later on go in­ter­na­tional.

The na­tional air­line is sched­uled to re-launch of­fi­cially on Oc­to­ber 24 - Zam­bia’s In­de­pen­dence Day - this year.

It’s be­lieved that this re-launch of Zam­bia Air­ways will en­able the trav­el­ling pub­lic in Zam­bia and the South­ern African re­gion to en­joy greater con­nec­tiv­ity op­tions, thereby fa­cil­i­tat­ing the flow of in­vest­ment, trade and tourism.

Mushimba has urged Zam­bians to sup­port the re-launch, be­ing fully con­fi­dent that the work that has been put in has cov­ered all key risks. Ad­di­tion­ally, hav­ing a strate­gic part­ner in Ethiopian Air­ways PAGE 8

who knows a thing or two about run­ning a sus­tain­able air­line gives more as­sur­ance that suc­cess will surely be achieved.

Mean­while, Ethiopian Air­lines an­nounced that it plans to buy new re­gional jets from next month as it pre­pares to re­launch Zam­bia Air­ways.

Ac­cord­ing to chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Te­wolde Ge­bre-Mariam, the air­line has nar­rowed its choice to Bom­bardier Inc c - se­ries and Em­braer Jet E2-fam­ily.

Ethiopian Air­lines is ranked by the In­ter­na­tional Air Trans­port As­so­ci­a­tion (IATA) as the largest air­line in Africa by rev­enue, profit and pas­sen­ger vol­umes. ZAMBIAs travel and tourism in­dus­try is fore­cast to ex­pand by 6.5% to ZMW7.9bil­lion (about US$790mil­lion) in 2018, up from ZMW7.4bil­lion (about US$740 mil­lion) in 2017.

This is ac­cord­ing to a press re­lease made avail­able to the Zambian Busi­ness Times by the Hil­ton Group.

The coun­try, which is one of South­ern Africa’s hid­den gems and has long been fa­vored for its beau­ti­ful views, friendly lo­cals and di­ver­sity has con­tin­ued to ex­pand its ho­tel and lodg­ing bed spaces which is a key and base ma­tric in at­tract­ing more tourist, both busi­ness and leisure.

On 7 Au­gust 2018, Lusaka, the cap­i­tal of Zam­bia of­fi­cially wel­comed Hil­ton Gar­den Inn to the lo­cal travel and tourism in­dus­try.

The ho­tel is the sec­ond Hil­ton Gar­den Inn prop­erty to open in Sub-Sa­ha­ran Africa this year, and joins 42 ex­ist­ing Hil­ton prop­er­ties in Africa.

Hil­ton Gar­den Inn Lusaka So­ci­ety Busi­ness Park is the lat­est ad­di­tion in the re­cently re­fur­bished mixed-use de­vel­op­ment So­ci­ety Busi­ness Park (SBP), of­fer­ing leisure and busi­ness trav­eler alike ac­cess to Hil­ton’s renowned hos­pi­tal­ity.

The ho­tel is lo­cated in the heart of the city with up to four shop­ping malls within a five-kilo­me­ter ra­dius and is a 30-minute drive away from Ken­neth Kaunda In­ter­na­tional Air­port.

It of­fers ac­cess to 148 guest rooms with panoramic city views, in­clud­ing four ju­nior suites with kitch­enettes lo­cated on the 18th floor.

The ho­tel also has an all-day din­ing res­tau­rant – Gar­den Grille – for those look­ing to start their day with a hearty break­fast or in­dulge in var­i­ous in­ter­na­tional cuisines in the evening. After a day ex­plor­ing the city, guests can head over to the ho­tel’s bar and lounge, which is per­fect for re­lax­ing, catch­ing up on emails or hav­ing a quick bite to eat.

“We are de­lighted to be open­ing the first Hil­ton Gar­den Inn prop­erty in Zam­bia,” said gen­eral man­ager Kudzayi Nheweyem­bwa. “We are in close prox­im­ity to nu­mer­ous restau­rants, shops and of­fices so both leisure and busi­ness trav­el­ers will be met with a stay tai­lored to their needs and we look for­ward to wel­com­ing them with our bright and happy ser­vice.”

The newly opened ho­tel also boasts con­tem­po­rary in­door and out­door spaces, in­clud­ing 150 square me­ters of ban­quet­ing space and pre-func­tion ar­eas, mak­ing it the ideal space to host events and spe­cial oc­ca­sions.

Busi­ness trav­el­ers can also take ad­van­tage of the ho­tel’s meet­ing spaces, with state-of-the-art 12 seater board rooms with built-in flat screen TVs. Guests can un­wind at the out­door pool, whilst soak­ing in sun­set views of the city’s sky­line or re-en­er­gize at the 24-hour fit­ness cen­ter.

Zam­bia is en­dowed with ma­jor tourism at­trac­tions that in­clude the Vic­to­ria Falls in Liv­ing­stone ac­ces­si­ble via the Harry Mwaanga Nkum­bula In­ter­na­tional Air­port, the Luangwa Na­tional Park ac­cessed via the Mfuwe Air­port and a host of other at­trac­tions that make it a per­fect busi­ness and leisure des­ti­na­tion.

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