Minister of Forestry and Natural Resources Nancy Tembo has said the proposed institutional structure for implementing the 2020–2030 Sadc Tourism Programme is a step towards economic development.
Tembo said this during the joint Sadc Ministers on Environment and Tourism meetings taking place in Lilongwe.
“The Sadc Tourism Programme provides a pathway for our economies and region to recover from the devastating effects of the Covid pandemic,” Tembo said.
She said Sadc is one of the few regions that have unique natural resources that continue to sustain economies.
Tembo noted that the Covid pandemic has put pressure on natural resources since most people lost their sources of livelihoods and some had turned to massive exploitation of natural resources for survival.
Minister of Tourism, Wildlife and Culture Michael Usi said the ministers have agreed to continue teaching their countries about Covid vaccination to fight the pandemic.
“We need to continue Covid preventive measures, which is one way of containing the pandemic,” he said.
Usi said as the continent has started the journey to recovery from Covid, there was a need to ensure that nature-based products and tourism businesses remain resilient.
The ministers have agreed on the implementation of the Sadc Tourism Programme from 2020 to 2030.