And the Germany government has pledged increased technical and financial support towards the Kavango Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area (KAZA) in which Zambia will be a beneficiary.
Speaking during a live interview with Germany television, in Berlin today, Tourism and Arts Minister Sylvia Masebo said government will soon make a pronouncement on the proposed change of visa restrictions on Germany tourists entering Zambia.
“In Zambia, we have a new government which is seriously reviewing legislation and regulations in the tourism sector and the visa regime is one of those that are being seriously addressed,” she said.
She said Zambia wants a situation in which Germany nationals will enter Zambia without any visa restrictions.
Ms Masebo said government is determined to diversify Zambia’s economy from being entirely dependent on copper and agriculture to tourism which she said has a massive potential for job creation.
“The PF government has put tourism as a priority that should create jobs and help government also generate revenue,” she said.
The Tourism and Arts Minister also announced that tourists moving between Zimbabwe and Zambia during the upcoming United Nations World Tourism Organisation general assembly will not be subject to visa restrictions.
“As co-hosts of the UN-WTO, Zambia and Zimbabwe have agreed that tourists moving between two countries will not be subject to visa restrictions,” she said.
And the Germany government has pledged increased technical support to the Kavango Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area (KAZA).
Speaking during the same live television interview, Germany State Secretary Hans-Jurgen BeerFeltz announced that his government will increase financial support considerably to KAZA to 50 million Euros.
“Turning visions into reality is what we do in our development cooperation work,” he said.
Mr BeerFelt said his government will support countries in the KAZA region to boost their tourism.
The KAZA area spans five Southern African countries of Zambia, Angola, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia.
During the television interview, Mr BeerFelt also handed over 15.5 million Euros to KAZA for the countries tourism activities.