By Justine Akakulubelwa-Ministry of Tourism Permanent Secretary, Patrick Lungu, has thanked the Irish government for its continued support to Zambia through the Irish Aid Programmes.

Mr. Lungu says the Ministry of Tourism is particularly grateful for the support the Irish government is giving to the National Heritage and Conservation Commission -NHCC- to promote, protect and conserve natural heritage sites.

He said this in Livingstone, last night, when he officiated at the Greening of the Victoria Falls, an initiative to celebrate the Irish festival of Saint Patrick.

And Mr. Lungu has encouraged the Irish Embassy in Zambia to consider engaging tour operators in Ireland to invest in Zambia.

Speaking at the same event, Head of Mission at the Embassy of Ireland in Zambia, Pronch Murray, said Greening is an important event which connects Irish people around the world.

Mr. Murray thanked the government of Zambia for allowing the Irish Embassy to green the Victoria Falls ahead of Saint Patrick Day which falls on March 17.

And Chief Mukuni has implored the Ministry of Tourism to consider making the greening event as one of the Tourism products.

He said this will enable people to view the ‘Green’ Victoria Falls at night.

Zambia Tourism Agency -ZTA- Board Chairperson, Tecla Ngwenya, said the Agency will start marketing the event as a tourism product to bring in as many people as possible to Livingstone, once the Covid-19 pandemic is over.

Meanwhile, Livingstone Mayor Eugene Mapuwo asked the Irish Embassy to consider supporting the Keep Livingstone Clean and Green initiative.

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