Livingstone
Livingstone

THE Zambia Institute of Chartered Accountants (ZICA) has made a lot of progress on the construction of a state-of-the-art Convention Centre in Livingstone at a cost of about US$ 300 million.

ZICA president Wesley Beene said the project, whose ground breaking ceremony and laying of the foundation stone took place in Zambia’s Tourist Capital last year, was on course.

He was speaking in Livingstone on Friday night at Avani Victoria Falls Hotel during the 2015 gala dinner organised by ZICA, Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA).

This was at the end of a three-day 2015 joint annual business conference which was held under the theme Zambia’s development Agenda: the future role of the accountancy.

“A lot of ground work has been done on the construction of our Shungu Namutitima conference centre in Livingstone.

“It is in this regard that ZICA might request members of the Institute to make financial contributions next year to go towards the construction of the Centre. The construction would be factored into the subscription fees,” Mr Beene said.

ZICA acquired 48 hectares of land on the boundary of Musi-oa-tunya National Park to set up a Convention Centre which would have capacity to accommodate more than 2, 000 delegates.

The Institute also has plans to construct a five start hotel, a mini conference, an observation wheel and a park within the same land acquired.

In 2013 during the 20th session of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) General Assembly in Livingstone, the gathering was held in a marquee due to the absence of large conference facilities or a convention centre in the tourist capital.

And Mr Beene has challenged accountants in Zambia to consider taking up leadership in the public office.

“Many are times that we, accountants, complain that things are not going well when we are just in the wings watching.

“We will not change anything by complaining, but by being the catalysts to the change that we want to see. Let’s get our country working efficiently by participating in all processes, including governance,” Mr Beene said.

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11 COMMENTS

  1. but why are you just showing us this road? Cant you surely acquire a 3D rendition of the convention centre itself and showing also the construction as is now. this is easy to do.

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    • ZAGAZE, THIS IS THE KIND OF REPORTING IN ZAMBIA. ZAMBIA COULD HAVE DEVELOPED WITH THE RIGHT MEDIA. AT LEAST TOURISM WOULD HAVE DEVELOPED. BUT, WE HAVE A MEDIA THAT WAS EDUCATED AND LIVE IN A DIFFERENT WORLD. MANY A TIME I COMPLAIN ABOUT THIS BLIND REPORTING. TAKE FOR INSTANCE ANY MEDIA REPORTING A NEWS ITEM IN SAMFYA. THEY WILL SHOW A POLITICIAN’S HEAD. BUT, THEY WILL NEVER REMIND THE WORLD ABOUT THE BEAUTIFUL BEACHES AND WETLANDS BANGWEULU TO INDIRECTLY INVITE TOURISTS AS WELL AS INVESTORS IN THE AREA. AND ASKING FOR OUR MEDIA TO WAKE UP FROM THEIR SLUMBER IS ASKING FOR TOO MUCH. SAD INDEED TO THINK A FOREIGNER WILL ADVERTISE FOR YOU.

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  2. I agree with you. we can’t see the progress he is talking about for us to make any comment. LT, the hotel is a 5 start and not start. Maybe forgive and allow me to say the following: Let me give the coach and technical committee of the Zambia national netball team a one ngwe advise. They did well to go to the World Cup championships and they played well in some gains. But they need to train the ladies to learn to score the with more than just one hand and also from a far too. Since netball is similar to basketball, they should train them to shoot from a far too. They should learn from other teams like Trinidad Tobago or New Zealand. They should review their plays and see how they waste the ball because they can’t score from a far. The ladies should also be told not to use too much ambi…

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  3. I know we can’t stop these women from lightening their skins but use in moderation is ok than the way these women are overusing it. Everyone can tell on TV that they’re using too much skin lightening creams. For improved playing and with Malawi and South Africa as good teams nearby, the players should be exposed to more friendly matches with these teams. Maybe, the team should also have a female assistant coach. They should seek sponsorship for some players like Jere, Bamda, Chingambo and Bwalya etc in British, New Zealand and Australian clubs. What do others who saw the matches think.

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  4. Thumbs up to ZICA! This is the way to go. I just hope other professional bodies and trade unions (those who collect millions in subscriptions and fee) would emulate the innovation and sense of purposefulness that ZICA is exhibiting. No doubt ZICA with its own problems is an example of a professionally run body with well focused foresight and hindsight. Though of course they still need to do more in marketing their acclaimed ZICA qualification.

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  5. This is the way to go not just yapping like the so called “Learned Colleagues” stealing clients’ money……. legal advise that never win cases

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  6. Livingstone, like all Zambian towns pathetically planned in colonial era must be re-planned! What a waste of air (oxygen) of our cities by town planners, Kitwe, Chingola, Luanshya, Mufulira, Kapiri, Kabwe, Lusaka (One road Cairo Road City, etc)! Someone must start pulling down old structures and replan these pathetic cities including all provincial headquarters.

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  7. 2,000 delegates only and $300 million cost? This seems to be smaller sitting capacity compared to Mulungushi Conference then? Anyone with better data against my assumption?

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  8. Very strategic investment. Now lie in wait for international conventions from all over the world

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