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The International Conservation Caucas Foundation has endorsed Zimbabwe's candidature for the United Nations World Tourism Organisation secretary general post. Tourism and Hospitality Industry Minister Engineer Walter Mzembi is eyeing the post, and has the blessings of Sadc and the African Union.

The ICCF is an educational foundation for conservation based in Washington DC. The visiting ICCF delegation yesterday said that it supported an Africa candidate for the position.

Briefing journalists after a meeting with Eng Mzembi at his offices in Harare, ICCF vice president Mrs Susan Herman Lylis said :"There is so much support for an African candidate for the Secretary General for UNWTO.

"It is so important for Africa to be represented at the highest level of the UNWTO because biodiversity conservation is so key to development and it is a better way to elevate that relationship through Africa's key role in the WTO," she said.

Mrs Lylis said the ICCF world conservation was important for the US which was interested in playing a key role in supporting countries around the world to manage their natural resources including water and forestry.

"ICCF has worked with parliaments throughout Africa to assist them in developing their own conservation policies. We are glad that Zimbabwe recently won the parliamentary conservation caucus and it will be a pleasure to work with them.

"It is the responsibility of the ICCF to support the parliaments to identify priorities and to raise support through stakeholders to have the opportunity to get the best information and create policies that they want created and implemented for successful sustainable management of natural resources in Zimbabwe," she said.

She applauded Zimbabwe for the Miss Zimbabwe Tourism pageant.

"It is an initiative that will afford a lot of benefits to the representative of Zimbabwe to be an ambassador for chosen area of conservation and it highlights the relationship between tourism and conservation. We understand that Miss Tourism Zimbabwe would like to come to the US to tour some of the key iconic and natural resources including the Niagara Falls and "I Love New York" campaign to see how Zimbabwe can develop a similar campaign organisation for Africa. We also discussed creating sister falls between Niagara and Victoria Falls," she said.

Miss Zimbabwe Tourism patron and wife to Eng Mzembi, Mrs Barbra Mzembi expressed gratitude to the ICCF for sponsoring prizes for the Miss Tourism Zimbabwe. "We are still in the process of receiving applications for the pageant. We are looking for a real ambassador to market Zimbabwe," she said.

Eng Mzembi said the official nominations for the post of secretary general for the UNWTO would be done end of October.

"We are now internationalising our campaign from being an African candidate to being the African man for the global position. I will be reaching out to the other five commissions that are residing in the UNWTO together with Africa before we deposit our papers end of October.

"I am confident with the acceptance of our candidature in Africa and beyond with any endorsements coming from all over the globe," he said. He said the idea of the Miss Tourism visiting US was noble as it would give her the exposure to what other countries are doing to market their attractions.

"Hopefully she will come back a better brand ambassador to Zimbabwe. There is a club of falls and it has been my wish that we package all the falls together Niagara Canada, the Iguasu Falls between Argentina and Brazil and Victoria shared between Zimbabwe and Zambia.

"We sell these waterfalls together as a package and it will be a lot of value for Miss Tourism to learn how Niagara Falls is shared and packaged," he said.

He said the ICCF team was also in the country to show gratitude to Eng Mzembi for facilitating the inauguration of the Zimbabwe Parliamentary Chapter to the ICCF. The team was expected to meet National Assembly speaker Cde Jacob Mudenda.

Source: The Herald.