Welcome to the February newsletter which will include information on the following in plus we hope that you and your guests enjoyed the Busara Music Festival:
- Renewing Zati membership and office news
- Apprenticeship mobilisation workshops
- ZATI meetings with government and NGO’s
- Additional news in relation to Zanzibar and tourism
Renewing Zati membership and office news
As we are entering the month of March I would like to thank all of you who have re-joined for 2019 and 3 new members, Karibu Kwetu; EDU-venture and Zanzibar and Beyond Safaris. Welcome back after a break to Seasons Lodge and The Residence. Members of 2018 were sent invoices in late November and we can resend to you if you have yet to receive any communication.
We recently sent out a survey monkey asking for your opinions about our level and quality of communications - please check your junk emails if you have not received. 13 members gave useful feedback - especially on issues that they feel important to be addressed in their areas. These concerns will be taken to the board at the next meeting early April and we plan to organise more 'gatherings' for feedback from you and from us.
The current formal advocacy focus has been on the current use of the Skills Development Levy income collected by the government in the tourism sector 3 and will be presented on Tuesday, March 12th between 9am - 2pm at the Zanzibar Serena Hotel and you are invited to attend, lunch is included. Please email the office to let us know if you or a staff member can attend asap. The consultant will be available to present and discuss the findings and recommendations to the government, who will also be attending.
Congratulations our member Doubletree by Hilton in Stonetown, as part of their Social Corporate Responsibility, for initiating a program to re-educate the Forodhani vendors in a Food Safety Management training. The hotel will be training 24 vendors over a two day period, there are a total of over 60 vendors working in Forodhani.
The ZATI apprenticeship program team recently held a series of hotel mobilization workshops to encourage our members working in the hotel industry to engage in this important program. As you will know from previous newsletters that this year the plan is to have over 100 young, local people interviewed and accepted on the program to be hosted by hotels in Zanzibar and Pemba. Thank you to Essque Zalu, Melia Zanzibar and Ndame Beach Lodge for hosting the team during the meetings and the team plan to visit other hotels in March. Please be in touch if you are interested in more information.
On the topic of youth training and employment the VSO careers Fair was held on Saturday, March 2nd over 26 companies and 600 unemployed youths attended. Zati had a special stall and also presented a seminar on the hospitality industry in collaboration with the current apprenticeship program with the aim to help reduce youth unemployment in Zanzibar. (see photos below)
ZATI meetings with government, associations and NGOs
A variety of meetings were held during February and the beginning of March. The ILO apprenticeship technical and steering committee meetings; ZIPA meeting to identify important sectors in their action plan (tourism, fisheries and agriculture), there is still no date for investors day; Registrar of Copyright in the entertainment business in regard to contacting relevant people in hotels; a follow up of the Zanzibar National Business Council resolution for tourism; presentation by the of a paper on Corporate Social Responsibility to the general meeting of ANGOZA (Association of NGO's) by the Vice Chairwoman; Business Licence Regulatory Authority meeting on the Ease of Doing Business in Zanzibar, which gave the private sector a chance to present the serious challenges faced and VSO careers fair meetings. Recently the director attended a meeting to strengthen the relationship and shared challenges in the tourism sector between Zanzibar and Tanzania tourism associations through advocacy in the future. If you would like more information on any of the meetings contact the office. (see photo of meeting with the police at Head Office in regard to issues special to tourism)
Additional news in relation to Zanzibar and tourism
March 8th is International Womens Day and will be celebrated by Kawa Training Centre and you are invited - see the invitation below. Also, Fursa Kijani Centre will be holding their graduation tomorrow, 7th March from 9am in Fumba Town Service Centre, you are welcome to attend.
A very interesting microplastics report has been published in February about the marine/plastic challenges in Zanzibar - the research paper below will be used to push forward the issue in Zanzibar and for further research to be made. Zati was involved as were Mwambao and other organisations. If you are interested in the current situation of Organic farming in Zanzibar, please click on the latest research and report by the Milele Foundation below.
Finally, if you have been interested to join or know more about the Chamber of Commerce in Zanzibar - attached is their first newsletter of the year. ZATI is working in collaboration with the Chamber of Commerce, Zanzibar Association of Tour Operators and Zanzibar Association of Tour Guides on various projects.