By Mwila Nsofu-Tourism and Arts Permanent Secretary Amos Malupenga has directed the Department of National Parks and Wildlife to ensure that all revenue due, from consumptive and non-consumptive tourism ventures is collected.
Speaking during the official opening of the Regulatory Impact Assessment Training Workshop in Lusaka this afternoon, Mr Malupenga said mechanisms necessary to effect compliance should be devised to compel operators to meet their financial obligations.
He noted that the two days training offered to the Department will be a precursor to stakeholder engagements and the actual revision of the Statutory Instrument which will follow afterwards.
Mr Malupenga said the review of fees and prices of tourism products and services, will broaden the revenue base and raise higher, the profile of the Ministry as a key sector, re-positioning itself to contribute to the development of the country.
Mr Malupenga said this is in view of Government’s ambitious transformative agenda, to stimulate economic growth to greater heights through tourism development among others.
And, Business Review Regulatory Agency -BRRA- Director and Chief Executive Officer Sharon Sichilongo said BRRA has been undertaking capacity building and has since identified limitations in undertaking impact Assessment.
She said Ministry of Tourism and Arts has benefited from the capacity building programme which is ongoing.
Ms. Sichilongo said the organization is aiming at having at least four people that are trained in Regulatory Impact Assessment.
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