Zambia is looking to Barbados for assistance in developing its ten-year-old
Zambia’s Ambassador Bobby Samakai made this known today during a
courtesy call on Acting Minister of Tourism and International Transport
Senator Irene Sandiford-Garner at the ministry at the Lloyd Erskine
Ambassador Samakai told Senator Sandiford-Garner that officials from his
country’s tourism office wanted to visit Barbados to identify the gaps and to
benefit from this island’s expertise.
He explained that tourism was one of Zambia’s top priorities, with Europe
and America being its main source markets, and new prospects coming from the
Caribbean. Samaka said Zambia was also trying to encourage more Africans to
spend their vacation at home to boost their local tourism industry.
Noting that the Victoria Falls, bird sanctuary, game reserves and walking
safaris were among the country’s top attractions for visitors, the ambassador
stated that his country could assist Barbados with its agricultural sector.
Samakai also gave the assurance that his country would resume discussions to
strengthen relations between the two countries.
This was welcomed by Sandiford-Garner, who said that
Barbados would provide any necessary assistance with
developing Zambia’s tourism product.
“It is an important aspect of our development to find
out more about Africa . . . . Your visit is timely and we will
ensure that what you need in terms of our knowledge base
and experience in tourism is at your disposal so that we can
share information,” she said, noting that Zambia had a rich
The senator added that any information and assistance
which Zambia could provide to Barbados on agriculture
would be of great benefit to the island.
Barbados and Zambia established diplomatic relations in