IT’S back! After a one-year hiatus, the Harare International Carnival is back for 2017. Scheduled for September 1 – 10, 2017, the carnival had a successful Launch Party on July 8, 2017 at the Takashinga Cricket Grounds in Highfields, two days after the press conference by the Chief Executive of the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA), Dr. Karikoga Kaseke. You can read about the press conference here…
Among those who graced the occasion were Dr. Kaseke, the Group CEO of Big Time Strategic Group (title sponsor of the carnival) Mr. Justice Maphosa, Minister of State (Harare Metropolitan Province) Hon. M. Chikukwa MP., and the Deputy-Minister of Tourism & Hospitality Industry Hon. Anastancia Ndhlovu who gave the official launch statement.
Harare International Carnival Official Launch Statement by Deputy-Minister Hon. A. Ndhlovu.
Good afternoon to you all.
I am honoured to stand before you this afternoon as we prepare to usher the country into another exciting edition of the Harare International Carnival. Government takes full cognisance of the benefits derived from this important event and we are extremely happy that they have already allocated adequate resources to ensure the successful staging of an excellent event.
Allow me upfront, ladies and gentlemen, to express Government’s gratitude over Big Time Strategic Group’s invaluable support. The sustainable partnership that has been forged between the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority and Big Time Strategic Group answers the clarion call that has always been advanced by Government for the establishment of Public Private Sector Partnerships (PPPs). As we have heard from the sponsors and the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority Chief Executive, the Carnival is just one of the numerous projects that will be pursued through this partnership.
We are happy that the two partners share the same vision that is mainly centred on crafting projects that will create employment for our people, empowerment of communities and ultimately spurring the growth of the national economy.
As a Ministry we have made an undertaking to continue investing in policies that advance the growth of the tourism sector. We are very happy that our implementing agency, the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA), continue to respond swiftly and diligently to the policy dictates by coming up with innovative destination marketing strategies like the Harare International Carnival.
True to its billing, the Harare International Carnival has become the biggest street party in southern Africa. In this scope the event has become a key platform for deepening international cooperation and understanding among participating countries. I am informed that more than 25 countries are expected to attend the Carnival this year including the peoples’ favourites Samba Queens from Brazil.
We are also hopeful that this event will stimulate and generate domestic tourism traffic. It is my desire to see the growth and development of Domestic Tourism as this should be the mainstay of our tourism. I am convinced beyond reasonable doubt that the Carnival has great potential to meet our expectations but to realise this I want to implore the tourism industry to create affordable packages for our people modelled around the carnival to enable visitors from outside the city to also attend this mega event.
Events tourism like this carnival dovetail well with other national programmes and strategies like the national economic blueprint ZIMASSET.
The concept behind the HARARE INTERNATIONAL CARNIVAL of creating legacy projects for the people of Zimbabwe is welcome. This developmental thinking is also in line with the United Nations thrust where upon they declared 2017 International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development.”
The sustainable legacy projects you have proposed for this year will definitely improve the image of our capital city and will impact positively on the livelihoods of our people. I am delighted to hear that the City of Harare is a major partner in the Harare International Carnival as we all strive to bring back the Sunshine City Status of our capital. In the same vein I want to take this opportunity to urge other corporates and stakeholders to come on board emulating the shining example shown by the Big Time Strategic Group. Improving the image of our Capital City requires a multi sectorial approach beyond the tourism Industry.
To all people out there, regardless of colour, race and creed, I want to encourage them to be part of this Carnival, a platform bringing us together to celebrate our differences and uniqueness as a people of one nation, one continent and one World. I am quite sure that the Harare International Carnival will have lasting positive memories and impressions on our people and visitors alike.
Ladies and gentlemen, all having been said and done, it is now my singular honour to declare the HARARE INTERNATIONAL CARNIVAL 2017 officially launched.
Let the show begin.
I thank you, Ndatenda, Siyabonga, Twalumba. Sikomo, Merci beaucoup.