After taking part in the 61st meeting of WTO Commission for Africa, which took place from 4th to 6th June in Abuja (Nigeria), the Vice-Minister for Culture, Tourism and Craft Promotion, Prudencio Botey Sobole, has returned to the country.
The member of the Government from the Equatoguinean tourism sector was one of those taking part in the discussions between ministers, in which they debated the importance of the initiative of Measurement for Sustainable Tourism, which included components of environmental, social and cultural tourism, aimed at achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals from the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
With the growth in international tourism in Africa as a backdrop, the measurement of the general economic impact of tourism must be as accurate as possible, so that tourism strategies contribute to an improvement in national economies.
The meeting of the WTO Commission for Africa brought together 10 Tourism ministers and significant players from the sector from 36 countries, in order to stress the potential of tourism projects for the reduction of poverty; the importance of creating innovative points that promote tourism in the region, and the need to identify and promote new alliances and new resources in order to develop the sector.
The Equatoguinean representative held a meeting, during his stay in Abuja, with the new WTO General Secretary, Zurab Pololikashvili; the WTO Regional Director for Africa, Elcia Grandcourt; the Congolese Minister for Tourism and the Environment, Arlette Soudan-Nonault, and the Cape Verde Minister for Tourism, Transport and the Maritime Economy, Jose Da Silva Gonzalves.
The next meeting of the WTO Commission for Africa will take place during the second quarter of 2019, in Mali.
Source: Official Web Page of the Government of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea