Picture: Siandou Fofana(left) and Zurab Pololikashvili (right) display copy of the agreement
The Government of Côte d’Ivoire through the Ministry of Tourism and leisure has signed an agreement with World Tourism Organization(UNWTO )to host the first global investment forum on tourism in Africa.
It was made official during the 11th Tourism Investment and Business Forum for Africa (investour) in Madrid, Spain. The Minister of Tourism and leisure of the West African Country Siandou Fofana signed on behalf of the country while the Secretary General of UNWTO Zurab Pololikashvili inked on behalf of the UN organisation.
Speaking during the ceremony, Mr Pololikashvili urged colleague ministers and member states to help make this a success and encouraged them to participate. He expressed his appreciation to Minister Fofana for commitment towards this noble course.
Investments in the tourism sector in Africa is crucial towards the making the industry a key economic driver.
The UNWTO’s commitment towards development of the sector in the continent is reflected in its Ten points Agenda for Africa -2030.
The event is scheduled for 20-22 February in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. Presentations on investment in Africa is expected to dominate the event as well as best practices from around the world.
Other topics to discussed include Development of the Tourism Sector -Evolution of tourism in Africa. The forum is open to the participation of UNWTO Member States, UNWTO affiliate members, invited delegations, as well as to representatives of the tourism sector engaged in the development of the tourism sector in Africa through investments.