Civil Service Travel Bureau kick-starts operations

HARARE - State-owned transport and logistics company, Courier Connect, has launched the Civil Service Travel Bureau (CSTB) in a development that will save the country’s cash-strapped government spending millions of dollars in travelling costs.

Courier Connect managing director Isaac Muchokomori last week told the businessdaily that the new business unit is offering air travel ticketing services to all government departments, State enterprises, quasi-State institutions and individuals.

“This is part of our product diversification and turnaround strategy as a State enterprise charged with a responsibility to provide ease of doing logistics business,” he said.

CSTB is also offering free visa facilitation services, airport shuttle services and hotel bookings among other things.

While Muchokomori could not give an exact figure on how much government will save using the newly-launched travel agency, this publication has it on good authority that Treasury has been splashing close to $300 million on trips.

“With this new concept we are now in a position to serve government in a big way by doing pre-bookings and getting cheaper tickets for future travels,” he said.

Since opening its doors to the public last week, CSTB has already secured tickets and hotel bookings for various government ministries and departments, including the Agriculture and Water ministries.

With its already established network system across the country, Courier Connect is well-positioned to offer expeditious and efficient services.

The carriage services company started as an offshoot of Zimpost with a primary focus to provide efficient courier services throughout Zimbabwe and beyond.

“We will be opening another office at the Harare International Airport this month and we are targeting at opening two more new offices at Joshua Nkomo and Victoria Falls airports soon,” Muchokomori said.

Comments (3)

How much is expected in KICKBACKS Mr MD?

Mukanya - 24 February 2016

Its a clear sign that there is not going to be any reduction in useless foreign trips by govt officials. Now travelling abroad is the core business of gvt

Nelson Maningindaba - 24 February 2016

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