Tourism Permanent Secretary EVANS MUHANGA says more than 19,000 direct jobs have been created by the tourism sector in the last five years.
Mr MUHANGA says this is according to a recent survey by the World Bank, which also revealed that tourism contributes atleast Seven percent towards government revenue.
He says it is hoped that investment in the sector will continue to stimulate employment opportunities for local communities and help improve livelihoods.
Mr MUHANGA said this in a speech read on his behalf by Mambwe District Commissioner WILLIAM BANDA, during the passout parade for 90 community scouts from NYAMALUMA Training School in Mfuwe.
And Department of National Parks and Wildlife Assistant Director-Conservation and Management, ANDREW CHOMBA called on the scouts to uphold human rights and professionalism in the execution of their duties.
Mr CHOMBA implored the scouts, as they return to the various Community Resource Boards, to work closely with local people in efforts of protecting the communities and reducing human-wildlife conflicts.
And speaking on behalf of the various cooperating partners, Chama Block Field Project Coordinator of the Malawi-Zambia Transfrontier Conservation Area (TFCA) OLURONKE OMOWUNMI OKE said that the project remains committed to building capacity of field staff.
She said the training is among four critical ones conducted in the last two years, aimed at helping to reduce law enforcement risks among scouts during operations.