Ministry of Tourism draws a 20 year project plan

By Mada Ziba:

Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Wildlife intends to implement National Tourism Investment Master Plan which will facilitate implementation of about 103 projects in the tourism sector in the country.

This was disclosed during the National Tourism Investment Master Plan dissemination workshop for Ministry officials that was held at Sun ‘n’ Sand Holiday Resort in Mangochi on Thursday.

Minister of Tourism, Culture and Wildlife, Michael Usi urged the officials in the Ministry to be creative enough to develop strategies that should create job in the tourism sector.

He called on the participants to the workshop to internalize the master plan, adding “You need to familiarize yourself with the master plan and identify the role you can play to ensure that the master plan is materialized.”

Acting Director of Tourism, Sosten Lingwalanya said women and young people who fall into the category of Small, Medium and Micro Enterprises (SMMEs) would receive a matching grant that would enable them revive their investments in tourism.

He said that the Ministry of Finance was working on an Economy Recovery Programme would in the future-with contributions from the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and wildlife and other stakeholders in the tourism industry- discuss how best to implement plan to help businesses affected by COVID-19.

Out of the proposed projects, to be implemented in all regions of the country over a period of 20 years, the Ministry identified ten priority projects including a transport facility at Songwe, river boardwalk in Lilongwe, integrated cable car resort on Mulanje and Shire River water front in Liwonde.

Chief Tourism Officer, Charles Kachelenga said once completed, the projects-some of which have already started being implemented-will greatly improve the country’s economy.

“Implementation of the identified projects will contribute towards urbanization, create jobs for Malawians and enable the country to earn forex,” he said.

Kachelenga added that some of the projects would be totally implemented by government alone, while others would be solely implemented by the private sector as projects would fall under the public private partnership.

The National Tourism Investment Master Plan which will be officially launched early next year and is aligned to Malawi 2063.

The National Tourism Master plan is a tourism blue print which has been developed over a two-year period with support from the African Development Bank (AfDB).

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