By Staff Reporter
TOURISM and Hospitality Industry Minister Walter Mzembi says the government is fully committed to supporting the Harare International Carnival.
Addressing a media briefing this afternoon Mzembi said the carnival was a mid to long term investment by the government.
“Government is optimistic that it will yield a return on investment in the next 5-10 years hence the reason the project has continued to receive major support from the treasury.
The government believes in the power of the carnival particularly its potential to generate the much-needed revenue for the country. All the economic benefits we project will be a function of how much we invest now. It remains imperative for government and other development partners to continue nurturing this project if the country is to realize meaningful gains from it,” said Mzembi.
He said the coming on board of Big Time Strategic group from South Africa was a reflection of government’s commitment to Public Private Partnerships in various spheres of the economy.
Mzembi pronouncements come at a time when discord between the Ministry and ZTA over the participation of South African dancer Zodwa Wabantu threatened to overshadow the successful hosting of the carnival which kicked off last week.
He said this year carnival will see over 26 countries participating against the projected 20.