Livingstone Chamber of Commerce President Miles Daka says the challenges facing business houses in the tourist capital are not getting the attention they deserve from government.
Mr. Daka noted that key infrastructure facilities that government pledged to commission ahead of the hosting of the 20th session of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) General Assembly last year, have not yet been completed.
“Before the UNWTO-General Assembly the local business community cooperated and worked tirelessly to make the hosting of the event a success, but did not get back their investment returns, partly because key infrastructure remains uncompleted,” he said.
Mr. Daka said this in a statement made available to ZANIS in Livingstone today.
He also expressed concern on the decision by the Zambia Wildlife Authority (ZAWA), to introduce a toll gate at the entrance to the Zambezi water front for the purpose of charging the community, local and foreign tourists.
“Government needs to immediately scrap off these charges failure to which there will be serious consequences the charges introduced at the ZAWA gate will distort the spending patterns of local tourists and operations of tour operators,” he said.
He said despite these challenges, the local Chamber of Commerce would continue working with government and all stakeholders in finding solutions to challenges the business community was facing.
The Livingstone Chamber of Commerce and Industry successfully held its Annual General meeting over the weekend at Limbo lodge.
The meeting which was witnessed by the Zambia Chamber of Commerce and Industry Development advisor Mr. Sven Buchholz saw Miles Daka retain his position as President.
The new Vice President is Mrs. Ruth Henson, while the position of Treasurer was retained by Mr. Steven Mwiinga; the positions of secretary and research/development officer went unopposed with Kunda Mwendapole and Shangwa Chime retaining their positions.
The newly elected members pledged to work extra hard to make the organization more vibrant to mitigate the challenges the business community was facing and reinforce their lobbying and advocacy roles.