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Vic Falls gearing to host UNWTO

VIC FALLS GEARED TO HOST THE UNWTO
Harare January 6, 2012 (New Ziana) – Victoria Falls town is gearing up to co-host the United Nations World Tourism Organisation General Assembly (UNWTO) scheduled for August 2013 with organizing sub-committees having been established, an official said on Friday.
Zimbabwe and Zambia won the bid to co-host the 2013 UNWTO Assembly, to be held in Victoria Falls and Livingstone respectively.
The General Assembly is the supreme organ of the WTO and its ordinary sessions, held every two years, are attended by delegates of the full and associate members, as well as representatives from the business council.
The event will bring 176 countries to the Vic Falls, one of the Seven Wonders of the World.
It will be the largest world gathering of countries in Zimbabwe since the Commonwealth Heads of State and Government Meeting held in the resort town, about two decades ago.
Other bidders for the 2013 Assembly were Russia, Turkey, Jordan and Qatar.
Zimbabwe and Zambia become the second hosts in Africa to win the bid after Senegal in 2005.
The hosting will be the biggest endorser of the new brand, Zimbabwe a World of Wonders.
In an interview with NewZiana, Nkosilathi Jiyane said the town council had already embarked on initial stages of the preparations.
“At the moment we have come up with sub-committees to fit into the local organizing committee.
“The sub-committees are in the transport, health, environmental, security, infrastructural development, resource mobilization, standards and marketing  and the media information and publicity is falling under standards and marketing committee,” he said.
Jiyane added that the town is excited to host the UNWTO General Assembly.
“We are very privileged to host the international event, and as a town we want to position our country as a safe tourist destination,” Jiyane said.
Finance Minister Biti allocated US$1 million for preparations for the UNWTO.
Tourism and Hospitality Industry Minister Walter Mzembi earlier told NewZiana that his ministry was working on meeting all the requirements of the UNWTO General Assembly.
The UNWTO consists of 155 countries, seven territories and over 400 affiliate members representing the private sector, educational institutions, tourism associations and local tourism authorities.
New Ziana

Air Zimbabwe stll to resume flights to SA

AIR ZIM STILL TO RESUME FLIGHTS TO SA
Harare January 02, 2012 (New Ziana) -Air Zimbabwe is still to resume flights to South Africa out of fear that its planes will be impounded over unpaid debts, an official said on Monday.
The national carrier suspended operations on the route late last year after South African ground handling firm Bid Air Services had threatened to confiscate its planes over a US$500 000 debt.
Air Zimbabwe acting chief executive officer, Innocent Mavhunga confirmed that flights to South Africa had not yet resumed.
“We are yet to resume flights to South Africa” he said.
“Operations will resume anytime soon,” he added.
Mavhunga however refused to specify the exact date when flights to the neighbouring country would resume.
Last December Bid Air Services grounded another Air Zimbabwe plane over the outstanding debt.
The plane was later released after negotiations between the South African company and Air Zimbabwe management.
Also in December last year American General Supplies seized Air Zimbabwe’s Boeing 767-200 at Gatwick International Airport in London over a US$ 1, 2 million debt.
The plane, which costs US$144 million, was later released after the government paid the debt.
New Ziana

Four new envoys present credentials

FOUR AMBASSADORS PRESENT CREDENTIALS TO PRESIDENT MUGABE
Harare December 21, 2011 (New Ziana)-Four new envoys on Wednesday presented their credentials to President Robert Mugabe at State House.
The new ambassadors are from Egypt, Japan, Canada and Angola.
Acting Foreign Affairs Minister Dr Stan Mudenge and permanent secretary Joey Bimha attended the event.
First to present credentials was new Egyptian envoy Bassem Khalil who said he would use his tenure to strengthen economic relations between the two countries.
“I intend to make use of the time to enhance trade between the two countries. Both countries have a lot of potential to further enhance relations through investments and mutual projects,” he said.
Ten months ago Egyptians waged a revolution that ended the ten year rule of former President Hosni Mubarak.
Khalil said a meeting of the permanent Joint Commission for the two countries would be held soon, years after the last one.
“We hope to enhance cooperation in the agriculture and mining sectors,” he said.
He expressed confidence that peace would return soon to Egypt.
“We had our Parliamentary elections recently after the revolution. It is a start towards democratic change. We hope the instability will be over soon,” he said.
Japanese ambassador to Zimbabwe Yonezo Fukuda said cooperation in human resources development would be further enhanced during his tenure.
Canada’s new envoy Lisa Stadelbauer said her country was pleased that Zimbabwe had been given the green light to sell her diamonds from Marange area.
“We think it is important for both our countries to sell our diamonds,” she said.
Incoming Angolan ambassador Pedro Hendrick Vaal Neto said existing bilateral relations between the two countries should be improved.
New Ziana

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