walter mzembi 28-08-11.jpgGovernment says it is moving to ensure compliance with the indigenisation and economic empowerment regulations in the tourism sector in the coming two to three weeks.

This was revealed to players in the tourism sector by the Minister of Tourism and Hospitality Industry, Cde Walter Mzembi at a dinner hosted by a local company to mark the end of the year.

Minister Mzembi said tourism players were given enough time to source for willing partners, adding that the time has come for the ministry to work together with the Youth Development, Indigenisation and Empowerment Ministry to ensure adherence.

“This minister has all the powers to licence players in the tourism industry so we will through the instrument of licencing ensure that there is compliance. This is a very easy one because the thresholds are low, we want you to co-operate so that there are no disturbances in the sector,” said Cde Mzembi.

Speaking at the same occasion, Traverse Managing Director, Ms Zodwa Mtunzi said efforts to indigenise the sector are welcome as the industry is experiencing remarkable growth which should also benefit the majority of Zimbabweans.

“Most of the firms in the sector are white owned so welcome indigenisation,” she said.

Government is yet to announce the indigenisation threshold for the tourism sector although the National Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment Board (NIEEB) has submitted the recommendations by its sectoral committee to the Minister of Youth Development, Indigenisation and Empowerment.