Massage centres are important because they improve the health of Zambians, create employment and also contribute to the growth of the tourism sector in Zambia, Minister of Tourism and Arts Jean Kapata said when they officially opened the Paris Eveil Namaste Wellness Centre in Lusaka.

She said this on Saturday when she opened the massage Centre in Olympia Extension Lusaka.

The Centre is a one stop shop comprising of the gym for those who want to improve their fitness, the philosophy, this is where patrons will be helped in having the body and the mind relax, women’s care will take care of the woman’s beauty, massage known for its healing properties will help   to energize both men and women physically, mentally and spiritually and a health food shop that would assist to deal with toxicity of the blood circulation system.

The Minister emphasized that the massage Centre would help people to relax, become productive and at the same time generate foreign exchange as tourists visit the Centre.  She further advised Zambians to live a healthier life by visiting the centre.

Meanwhile, the Minister said the opening of the centre coincided with President Edgar Lungu’s visit to France where he had signed several bilateral agreements which had cemented ties between Zambia and France .She further maintained that President Lungu supports such investments because they alleviate poverty.

“I would like to commend this dedicated couple for being ambassador of Tourism to Zambia which on their own initiative have commenced,” she stressed.

And the Centre manager Ms Kidusan Mesfin explained that her company had trained and employed Zambians in various duties as she believes in sharing knowledge. She went on to say that Zambia was in a unique position because it is the only country which has both a message centre together with herbal products while  cote’ de voire ,Senegal, Mali ad Algeria where the couple have businesses dealt in herbal products only.

“I and my husband have also companies in France, I am a specialist in African art and also have a consultative body in Asia, and by the way Zambia is my second home. I was here in 2000 for 10 days,” she said.

She also revealed that their company had bought some land in the Mapete area where a unique business would be set up but she with held the nature of the business.

Meanwhile, her husband Mr Allain Wehrbach who is also the vice company chairman  thanked Zambians for giving them a warm welcomed which is good for the lives of people and democracy though they said that they were facing a language barrier, Zambia being an English speaking people as they spoke through  the interpreter.

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