A Tourism Infrastructure and Engineering forum was held on the 25th of August 2013 as part of the UNWTO General Assembly co-hosted by Zambia and Zimbabwe in Victoria Falls to facilitate the participation of SADC engineers in the tourism built environment.
According to Martin Manuhwa, current President of the Southern Africa Federation of Enineers (SAFEO) who is also the Engineering Council of Zimbabwe (ECZ) Chairman is seeking partnership with the Engineering Institution of Zambia (EIZ) and have harnessed the support and co-operation of the World Council of Civil Engineers (WCCE), African Federation of Engineering Organizations (SAFEO) to support the hosting of the forum in Victoria Falls.
The engineers received a keynote address from Guest of Honour Engineer Tomas Sancho, the President of the World Council of Civil Engineers (WCCE).
“We require this recognition of the engineering fraternity to the infrastructure development to be the first event of the day before the site visits,” Manuhwa said. Engineering organizations’ representatives from the SADC attended the forum.
Sancho’s presentation focused on civil engineering and tourism.He articulated on the contribution of the engineering fraternity to tourism growth.
According to Manuhwa, the UNWTO is expecting output from the engineers forum on tourism infrastructure for the Victoria Falls/Livingstone Ultra tourism integrated infrastructure development plan.
Manuhwa also hinted on the need for the regional engineers to come up with terms of reference on the way forward and setting up of a task force to spearhead the initiatives.
The forum was co-hosted by the Engineering Council of Zimbabwe (ECZ) and the Engineering Institution of Zambia (EIZ).
Also at the forum, a roundtable discussion and country engineering reports were presented by delegates.