Chakwera Sets Tone On Tourism Masterplan Sector Implementation
President Lazarus Chakwera says the country's natural resources and tourist attractions should be translated into a beneficial investment if the country is to attain economic growth.
Chakwera was speaking at the launch of the ten-year National Tourism Investment Masterplan, aimed at enhancing and unlocking the local and international tourism market.
He adds that the country’s natural resources are recognized worldwide, thus it is crucial to turn them into something that can attract not only the local market but also internationally.
The president cites for example the lake, mountains, and culture which he says are attractive, besides the peace which positions the country at an advantage of foreign investment in all sectors, especially tourism.
“Malawi was for example rated among top ten tourist destinations globally, making it possible to not only grow the economy but also enhance financial capacity of citizens who will benefit through employment among other things, says Chakwera.
Minister of Tourism Michael Usi is hopeful that Malawians will hold hands and support the ten-year master plan, particularly since the ten isolated projects will be spread across the country.
“We will not allow wolves to sabotage the masterplan. We thus hope that Malawians will hold hands to make it possible, and it will be very unfortunate if others may want to frustrate it, considering that the ten isolated projects among the 103 that were recommended, will be implemented in all the regions; three in the north, three in the center and four in the south”, says Usi.
Some of these projects earmarked in the masterplan include hotels and resorts, hiking bridges, ports and jetties, eco-tourism trade facilities, and other tourist hubs in Nkhotakota, Likoma, Karonga, Mulanje, and Mangochi among the ten districts.
Meanwhile, director-general of the National Planning Commission-NPC Thomas Munthali says the development signifies that Malawi 2063 has rolled out.
“This is now time to bang heads and see how these will be implemented. We are happy that we already have financiers like the African Development Bank, and in line with the economic blueprint, the Malawi 2063, the country has started implementing the programs”, said Munthali.
Malawi has been ranked 10th globally by a world-leading travel guide book publisher Lonely Planet, as a must-visit destination in 2022, hyping the country’s prospects of tourism becoming the top forex earner with a potential to contribute towards the national economic development.
The tourism sector is one of the major sectors earmarked for enhancement of the country’s economic development of 2063.