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THE Government of Zimbabwe through the Ministry of Environment, Tourism and Hospitality has signed a Memorandum Of Uunderstanding (MOU) with AlJazeera Media Network to promote Zimbabwe on the global network.
“This is an opportunity to showcase the beauty of our country to the world!” said Hon. Prisca Mupfumira, the Environment, Tourism and Hospitality Minister who signed on behalf of Zimbabwe.
Minister Mupfumira also adressed the 109th session of UNWTO executive council, in Manama Bahrain. She acknowledged the UNWTO program of works on poverty alleviation in Tsholotsho, Zimbabwe and called for continued cooperation to support biodiversity.
“All our hands are on the deck in promoting Zimbabwe as a destination of choice,” she added.
This comes as the government is mulling plans to set up a State-run and fully-fledged university of wildlife management at Mushandike College in Mashava, as part of efforts to boost the country’s tourism and hospitality sector and up its contribution to the Gross Domestic Product.
The move is also aimed at priming the tourism and hospitality sector to be a major pillar of Zimbabwe’s economy in line with President Mnangagwa’s vision to make the country an upper middle income economy by 2030.
In a speech read on her behalf by the permanent secretary in her ministry, Mr Munesu Munodawafa, at Mushandike College’s eighth graduation ceremony last Friday, Environment, Tourism and Hospitality Industry Minister Prisca Mupfumira said opening a wildlife management university would help Zimbabwe accrue more benefits from its rich wildlife resource base.
At least 245 graduates were awarded diplomas and certificates in wildlife management. – ZOOMZimbabwe