Tourism and Arts Minister Sylvia Masebo has declined to travel to Ethiopia but has instead delegated to her deputy David Phiri who is expected in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia tomorrow (Sunday 28th April) to discuss progress made towards the hosting of the 20th Session of the UNWTO General Assembly in Livingstone and Victoria Falls in August this year.
African Union (AU) Commission chairperson Nkosazana Clarice Dlamina- Zuma expected a briefing from the two hosting countries’ tourism ministers but while Masebo’s Zimbabwean counterpart Walter Mzembi has travelled for this important briefing Masebo has delegated to her deputy due to the Zambian government’s ill preparedness to co-host the UNWTO General Assembly.
Phiri and Zimbabwe’s Minister of Tourism and Hospitality Industry Walter Mzembi are expected to jointly brief Dr. Zuma on the preparations made by their respective governments towards the co-hosting of the mammoth event.
The two Ministers will meet Dr Zuma on Monday 29th April at the AU New building complex in Addis Ababa.
The meeting is a good opportunity for Zambia and Zimbabwe to lobby AU Member States to participate in the 2013 UNWTO General Assembly but the Zambian government’s decision to send a deputy minister to such an important event is an indication of Zambia’s ill preparedness in co-hosting the event.
This is contained in a statement by First Secretary for Press at the Zambian High Commission in Ethiopia, Dorcas Chileshe.