Needs collaboration with private sector – Kamtukule

By Dean Chisambo

Minister of Tourism, Vera Kamtukule has said there is need for collaboration between the government and the private sector to promote  tourism industry across the country.

Kamtukule made the remarks on Monday when she  presided over a full Lab on Tourism meeting  in Lilongwe.

She hailed  the country’s president for lifting up entry visa fees for travelers from 79 countries, which is the crucial step for betterment of tourism industry.

She said :”Our role is to make  Malawi easy accessible because at the moment it is expensive and difficult due to the air connectivity issues.”

On her part Deputy Secretary to the President and Cabinet (DSPC) who is also head of Presidential Delivery Unit (PDU), Dr. Janet Banda said the Tourism Lab will give opportunity to both the public and private sectors to collaborate and unlock the bottlenecks that are preventing growth.

Vera Kamtukule

She noted that the lab  will likely result in the tourism industry propelling Malawi’s economic transformation.

Banda said :”However as we analyze these issues, let us remember that we need to be encouraged by our unique strengths in addressing the challenges that appear to be insurmountable.”

The  Tourism Lab  event which will take four  days delegates are expected to tackle issues concerning Infrastructure development, legal policy  framework and product development and marketing in the Tourism industry.