President Emmerson Mnangagwa says African economies should utilise their resources to grow their economic base.

This President said this when he toured the legendary Victoria Falls with visiting Botswana President, Mokgweetsi Masisi.

After the opening session of the inaugural AU-UN Africa Wildlife Economy Summit, the two presidents noted key points that will enable their respective industries to grow during their tour of one of the world’s seven wonders.

Lauded as the most captivating attraction in Zimbabwe, the waterfalls mesmerised the two heads of states during the tour, opening a gaze to beautiful scenery which has been an important draw card for foreign visitors.

Mr Masisi highlighted that African states should utilise these natural resources to grow their gross domestic product (GDP).

President Mnangagwa noted the importance of Victoria Falls as a cog in the country’s tourism sector, expressing gratitude towards his Botswana counterpart for taking time to visit the mighty wonder.

Earlier during the official opening speech at the summit, President Mnangagwa encouraged the visiting delegates to experience the majestic waterfalls and help to effectively market the resort town on the international stage.

The tourism sector affects most sectors of the economy at national, state and local levels and can contribute immensely towards economic growth providing income generation, employment and foreign exchange earnings.

Tapping into the wildlife and world heritage sites found in Zimbabwe could greatly benefit the country towards attaining vision 2030 of becoming a middle income economy.