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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.