Zim lags behind in regional park project


Blessing Zulu

ZIMBABWE has failed to make any meaningful progress in implementing the ambitious Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park project, the Zimbabwe Independent has le

arnt.


The project includes the Kruger National Park in South Africa, the Limpopo Park in Mozambique and the Gonarezhou National Park in Zimbabwe.


Zimbabwe Council for Tourism president Shingi Munyeza yesterday told the Independent that Zimbabwe was still at the planning stage.


“We have established a sub-committee that will work with the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority,” said Munyeza.


He said Zimbabwe still had a lot to do. Zimbabwe was losing out due to government’s failure to build infrastructure in Gonarezhou, he said.


“Zimbabwe is still lagging behind other countries in terms of infrastructure development,” said Munyeza.


A report by stakeholders who met recently to map the way forward on the project also demonstrated that the country was lagging behind. Those represented included local authorities, non-governmental agencies and the private sector.


The report noted that there was need to improve water supplies, upgrade Buffalo Range Airport and to install and improve power supply. The stakeholders also said there was need to put in place health facilities and to establish strategic border posts.


Munyeza said there were many challenges to be overcome.


“The issue of landlines has to be prioritised. When this is done we will then come up with a process of dealing with other issues,” said Munyeza.

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