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Zimbabwe, Malawi Exchange Notes On Tourism

Zimbabwe and Malawi yesterday concluded the Third Joint Tourism Technical Committee (JTTC) meeting meant to assess progress on the areas of cooperation agreed to by the two governments.

The meeting was held in Lilongwe, Malawi from Wednesday and ended yesterday.

It was co-chaired by the permanent secretary for Environment, Climate, Tourism and Hospitality Industry Ambassador Raphael Faranisi and Mr Chauncy Simwaka, the Secretary for Tourism, Culture and Wildlife in Malawi.

The objective of the meeting was to review progress on the implementation of the agreed areas of cooperation from the second JTTC meeting held in Zimbabwe in 2019.

The areas of cooperation are derived from the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Cooperation in the Field of Tourism, which was signed by the two governments in April 2015.

The JTTC is a platform to facilitate the exchange of experiences, expertise and ideas to support and deepen tourism cooperation between the two countries. In his remarks, Ambassador Faranisi said the implementation of the National Tourism Recovery and Growth Strategy launched by

President Mnangagwa, sets the pace for sustainable tourism growth and resilience building for the sector.

The tourism strategy also outlines strategies meant to cushion the tourism players against the impact of the devastating Covid-19 pandemic.

Positive developments have been noted since the gradual reopening of international borders and territories as evidenced by an increase in tourist arrivals in Zimbabwe in the second half of this year.