Sunday, June 23, 2024

HH calls for repackaging of African tourism sector as he cuts short his Tanzanian visit


President Hakainde Hichilema has challenged African countries to enhance tourism packaging to attract tourists saying that the industry is as important as other sectors.

President Hichilema says pulling various tourism destinations and repackaging them together can enable the industry to flourish and attract more tourists to the African continent.

President Hichilema said this yesterday in Tanzania’s business capital, Dar Es Salaam where he had gone for a one day state visit.

President Hichilema noted that the tourism sector if well managed can generate more business opportunities for the continent.

“We are talking about tourist packages that will cover here in Tanzania, Zanzibar, as you know there are many islands here in Tanzania and obviously Zambia. When you pull this what I may call destinations together plus. Our Victoria falls, our national parks will make tourists stay longer in the continent,” he said.

President Hichilema said tourism is one sector that has already proved that it can generate more business opportunities, create sustainable jobs and wealth creation.

Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu Hassan said she is happy that Zambia and Tanzania have started reviving their political relations which she said were somehow lost.

President Hassan said with the renewed political relations now in place, the two countries now have the muscles to build their economic powers.

She said the African continent should develop a spirit of taking care of assets left by fore fathers and ensure that they serve a tangible purpose in the new economic order.

“What should be put on record is the revival of our political relations which was somehow lost somewhere and with the political relations that bring in our people together, working together, we are building our economic power, ” she said.

The President has since returned back home and no explanation was given for him cutting short the visit. According to the statement released by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, the president was to undertake a State Visit to the United Republic of Tanzania on 2nd to 3rd August, 2022, at the invitation of Her Excellency Ms. Samia Suluhu Hassan, President of the United Republic of Tanzania.

This Visit is highly significant as Tanzania remains a strategic partner as a link for transportation in the southern region for both freight and passengers through the eastern African seaport of Dar-es-Salaam. To this end, during the Visit, President Hichilema and President Hassan will hold bilateral talks where discussions will focus on areas of mutual interest aimed at enhancing trade, investment and infrastructure development, among others.
The two leaders were expected to engage on matters pertaining to the Tanzania Zambia Railways (TAZARA), primarily operational issues including revamping and capitalization of the company.The Tanzania-Zambia Mafuta (TAZAMA) Pipelines Limited, and the Nakonde-Tunduma One Stop Border Post (OSBP) will also be an area of discussion and focus.

President Hichilema was thus scheduled to tour the Dar-es-Salaam Port, Dar-es-Salaam Standard Main Gauge Railway Station, TAZAMA Pipelines Limited and TAZARA.

President Hichilema and President Hassan were also to preside over the signing of Memoranda of understanding (MoUs) in the fields of Defence and Tourism.
Zambia and Tanzania share strong historical bilateral relations and a common boundary, and the two countries actively cooperate in social, political and economic areas within the framework of the Joint Permanent Commission of Cooperation.


    • Perhaps he just prefers his home comforts – specifically his bed. I suppose – with all business concluded, why would you stick around? makes sense to return home than endure a hotel bed & connected expenses.

  1. Zambia is finally in safe hands. I am an independent who feels a sigh of relief under UPND, the country had just gone to the digs under the rejected regime

    • I would rather have a leader who does few trips and completes the tour in full, than hh who claims to do hundreds of tours but never completes them. What is he trying to prove. Hahaha

  2. Kaizar you are one of the most useless people to have been given an opportunity in this country together with your clique of thieves

  3. If all important engagements are met and all important meetings concluded…………

    Why stay more than necessary ???

    There is much work to do back in zambia……..

  4. @Kaizer Zulu has gone rogue. He is calling his former boss HE dear brother leader Lungu as meno meno!!! This is a treasonable act!!

  5. Zambia needs to invest heavily in proper sanitation. Clean up the country. A clean country becomes attractive to tourists, and promotes tourism tremendously. Just look at Rwanda. Tourists love a clean country, and hate a dirty one. They’ll visit a dirty country once, and will never come back, and will even discourage others from visiting it. Also invest heavily in fiber internet. Zambia has one of the poorest internet connections in the region.

    • Rwanda is looting the eastern side of DRC. As you rant in your cellphone, talk on your laptop or drive an EV, you are using coltan looted from DRC and passed to the world through Rwanda which is getting a cut. For more than 20 years, the Tutsi president of DRC, Hypolite Kanambe, alias Joseph Kabila, made sure the status quo stayed exactly that way. He made sure things stayed that way after his rule, by putting his bootlicker Felix Tshesekedi, who more or less continued that policy. Rwandan dictator Kagame then exported the problems of Rwanda to Zambia, by driving hundreds of thousands of Hutu there, while his alleged fellow Tutsi tribesman, Jonathan “Edgar Meno-Meno Chagwa Chakolwa Lungu” Mutawire acquiesced and stood by

  6. Ati meno meno yaba, they say don’t drink and drive it applies to other areas as well. Kaizar Zulu reminds me of a fellow who got up early on a Sunday morning and said to the wife I have to go home. The wife asked which other home are you going to again, “don’t tell me you are dreaming”. He thought he had over slept at the mistress home.

  7. I think this guy seems to have wanted to be President so he can have free flights. Since he took office he has just been trotting the globe. He used to condemn Lungu for the same. From the look of things he was envying Lungu for travelling . I have not seen any tangible results from his globe trotting. Only promises as during campaign !!!. How more stupid can Zambians be, to be duped like this!!!.

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