Transport policy approved

HARARE - Zimbabwe has approved a transport policy which government will soon roll out, as the country seeks to provide key infrastructure enablers ahead of next year’s United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) general assembly.

Zimbabwe will co-host the general assembly with neighbouring Zambia.

Saston Muzenda, acting Policy Planning and Coordination director at the ministry of Transport, yesterday told a Zimbabwe High-Level Economic Forum in Victoria Falls the transport policy seeks to address problems in all transport sectors.

The ministry of Transport’s five-year strategic plan was unveiled last year and is in line with the Medium-Term Plan.

“We want to ensure provision of high quality road networks both on the urban and rural areas,” he said in a speech read on Goche’s behalf. We want a smooth flow of trade goods given our strategic location in Sadc and we also want to promote safety on our roads,” he added.

He said the rail transport currently served by state owned National Railways of Zimbabwe (NRZ) needs refurbishment.

Muzenda said government had made significant strides in the aviation sector, including rehabilitation of Harare International Airport, and would soon embark on other major projects.

“Government is rehabilitating Victoria Falls Airport where the UNWTO mega event will be held. A contractor is currently working on the airport because it has capacity for the 737 (Boeing) and we want to accommodate bigger aircraft."

“The old runway will become a taxiway and the work also includes a new terminal building. He said work at JH Nkomo Airport was 95 percent complete and awaiting funding to be completed. If we get the resources we will be completed by year end.”

The Transport director called on new players and existing domestic airlines to establish new routes and utilise airports in Masvingo, Kariba and Buffalo Range.

“I think it’s because the infrastructure does not meet international standards.”

Currently, Prince Charles was being utilised by flight schools.

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