Zambia, Zimbabwe and the United Nations World Tourism Organisation have signed the historic Trilateral co-hosting Agreement for the 20th U.N WTO general assembly to be held in Livingstone and Victoria Falls town.
The agreement is for the two countries’ co-hosting of the UNWTO General Assembly to be convened next year in August.
President Michael Sata and his Zimbabwean counterpart Robert Mugabe witnessed the signed on behalf of their respective countries with UNWTO secretary general Taleb Rifai signing on behalf of the world tourism organization.
The signing ceremony was held at the No-Man’s Land on the Victoria Falls Bridge.
Speaking after signing on behalf of Zambia, President Michael Sata hailed the signing of the agreement as a historic milestone.
President Sata said the co-hosting of the U.N WTO General assembly brings hope of prosperity to the people of Zambia and Zimbabwe.
He said the successful hosting of the general assembly will be dependant on the collective efforts of the two countries.
President Sata has also directed Tourism Minister Given Lubinda to increase the effort to resolve issue of yellow fever travel restriction imposed on Zambia as quickly as possible.
And Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe said the signing of the co-hosting agreement confirms the readiness of the two countries to work together in the promotion of tourism.
President Mugabe further stated that this is also a demonstration of long established relations between Zambia and Zimbabwe.
And UNWTO secretary general Taleb Rifai said travel and tourism today has become a powerful driving force to social economic development and growth.