SADC univisa system to be introduced, (Chronicle, 2006-02-28):-The Southern Africa Development Community has announced that the univisa system will be introduced before the end of the year to facilitate the easy movement of tourists between member states. Addressing journalists at the end of a SADC Council of Ministers meeting in Botswana on Friday, the SADC Director for Social and Human Infrastructure Services, Mr Remigus Makunde, said the univisa concept, which would see tourists being required to obtain a single visa to enter member countries would boost tourism among member states. “This will improve and promote tourism in SADC countries rather than cause countries to compete against one another,” Mr Makunde said He said the concept would empower Southern African countries to woo as many tourists as possible and ensure that travellers enjoyed value for their money by visiting as many places as possible. He said the region was already experiencing a boom in tourism as it recorded 15,1 million tourist arrivals last year compared to 12,2 million the previous year. Mr Makunde said the SADC meeting deliberated on the need to improve the infrastructure and services in member states to cater for the anticipated boom in tourism. “There is need to increase air transport traffic and reduce costs of flying in the region, thereby increasing tourism within the area,” he said. “Effective air transport communications will encourage cheap transport services within SADC countries, while business and ordinary people will be able to afford airlines. “Also, if one system of border declaration were introduced for trucks, business would flourish even more in the region.” The SADC Council of Ministers met in Gaborone last week.  

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