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ZAMBIA looks forward to benefiting from Israel’s expertise in nature conservation and use of technology, says Tourism and Arts Minister Charles Banda.

Dr Banda said Zambia was keen to enter into agreements with other countries in sustainable tourism initiatives.

The minister was speaking when he met Director General of the Israeli Nature and Parks Authority (INPA) Shaul Goldstein at the International Mediterranean Tourism Market Fair (IMTM) in Israel. INPA and the Zambian Department of National Parks and Wildlife (DNPW) would sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in national parks management and development.

The MoU would include preservation of cultural, heritage sites and packaging them as tourism products, training of local people as tour guides and technical support towards capacity building and handling human wildlife conflicts.

Dr Banda said partnerships and networking were important in critical sectors of the economy such as tourism.

“The International Mediterranean Tourism Market Fair, is one of the largest professional tourism fairs of its kind in the Eastern Mediterranean,” he said.

This is contained in a statement issued by Tourism Ministry public relations officer Sakabilo Kalembwe yesterday.

And Mr Goldstein said INPA officials would travel to Zambia in September this year to discuss the terms of the MoU and if possible, conclude the process during the planned visit to Zambia.

The minister was also taken to visit Caesarea National Park, an ancient Herodian Port city located on Israel’s Mediterranean Coast.

Dr Banda is in Israel to attend the IMTM, which is one of the largest professional tourism fairs in the Eastern Mediterranean which would officially open today.

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