Regional countries under the Kavango Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area (KAZA-TFCA) have committed themselves to strengthen cooperation in the tourism sector and harnessing the hospitality sector as a tool for achieving sustainable socio-economic transformation.

Heads of mission accredited to Namibia who were on an exclusive Excellency KAZA tour have highlighted the centrality of cooperation and joint tourism marketing campaign under the South-South cooperation in order to derive maximum benefit from the tourism industry.

Zimbabwe’s Ambassador to Namibia Ambassador Rofina Chikava said Namibia, Angola, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Zambia should prioritise smooth movement of tourists and joint tourism promotion for the benefit of regional economies.

Tourism and Hospitality Industry Minister Cde Edgar Mbwembwe said building on the success of the Univisa project between Zambia and Zimbabwe the region should leverage on the abundant natural resources to promote inclusive growth.

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) official Ms Diana Ndimbira said it is critical that the regional countries leverage on the tourism sector to attain the sustainable development goals.

Covering nearly 520 000 square kilometers the KAZA-TFCA is the largest transfrontier conservation area in the world.

Member countries have adopted the five year master integrated development plan aimed at enhancing natural resource management and responsible tourism harmonisation of existing policies.