The Zambian government has started the process of reviewing the country’s law governing the wildlife sector in order to align it to the socio-economic development agenda, a senior government official said on Thursday.
Patrick Lungu, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism and Arts, said it was important to review the Wildlife Act so that management of the country’s wildlife resources was fully aligned with the long-term socio-economic development agenda.
In remarks delivered during a meeting called to consider proposed amendments to the law, the official said the review process will also include past and recent reforms within the sector as well as align it with mandates of other government institutions.
According to him, there was a need to appreciate the links between the wildlife law and other pieces of legislation and draw a clear line between the needs to be legislated and the matters that could be addressed through administrative means.
He emphasized the need to come up with a law that was progressive and responsive to the needs of all stakeholders and effective in supporting the government’s intentions of wealth creation and improvement of people’s livelihoods.
The government has identified the tourism sector as one of the priority sectors to diversify the economy which has been dependent on the mining industry. Enditem