Malawi and Zimbabwe Sign Tourism MoU

The Malawi Ministry of Information Tourism and Culture and the Zimbabwe Ministry of Tourism and Hospitality Industry have signed a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in tourism.

Minister of Information Tourism and Culture Hon. Kondwami Nankhumwa MP, signed the agreement on behalf of the Government of Malawi and his counter part Hon. Engineer Walter Mzembi signed on behalf of the Zimbabwe government.

In his speech Nankhumwa said the cooperation is going to greatly benefit the two countries as there will be sharing of ideas and opportunities.

The minister said that among other the agreement seeks to bring more cooperation in area of tourism marketing and human resource development.

"The MOU being signed today will enhance regional integration and co-operation as SADC through the Regional Tourism Organization of Southern Africa is implementing several initiatives to develop and promote Southern Africa as a single destination," said Nankhumwa.

The minister also revealed that Malawi is aiming at increasing revenue from tourism in the next five years so that by 2020 the industry should be contributing to 15 percent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

"We are planning to launch a new plan which will see an increase in tourism revenue and move the amount the industry contributes to the GDP from 7 to 15 percent and create 140,000 new jobs," said the Minister.

In his remarks Mzembi said that Zimbabwe is committed to see to it that the MOU is effective as soon as possible.

"We are very sure that the MOU will greatly boost the growth of the industry in the two countries and make it an attractive destination for local and international tourists," said Mzembi.