The Nigerian city of Abuja has held the sixty-first meeting of the WTO Commission for Africa and the seminar on tourism statistics, which is taking place from 4th to 6th June 2018.
The Vice-Minister for Culture, Tourism and Craft Promotion, Prudencio Botey Sobole, is in Abuja, the capital of Nigeria, in representation of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea at the 61st meeting of World Tourism Organisation (WTO) Regional Commission for Africa.
During the meeting, a seminar with the title “Statistics in Tourism: A catalyst for development”. Attending the event are representatives from all member States of the WTO, and various international institutions related to the tourism sector.
The opening ceremony was overseen by a representative of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, and the General Secretary of the World Tourism Organisation, Zurab Pololikashvili.
At the official opening ceremony, the Nigerian Minister for Information and Culture, Aladji Lai Mohamed, welcomed the opportunity given to his country following the petition approved at the 59th Meeting held in April last year in Addis Abeba, the capital of Ethiopia, and welcomed the delegations attending the edition. Tourism is, he said “one of the foundations for the creation of wealth and a boost for development in countries”. The act was attended by the acting President of CAF and Kenyan Minister for Tourism, Najib Balala; the Director General, Elcia Grandcourt, and a representative of the African Union linked to the tourism sector.
This 61st meeting will look at the current challenges and opportunities for statistics in tourism on the African continent, exchange experiences on the measurement of tourism among member countries in the international organisation from the sector, and provide a valid response to the measurement of sustainable tourism for African countries and look at the relevance of the date, and as a consequence, propose effective policy for the development of tourism in Africa.
The Vice-Minister for Culture travelled to Abuja in representation of the Government in the tourism sector.
Source: Official Web Page of the Government of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea