Taking advantage of his stay in Madrid, the Minister of State, Charged with Tourism, Tomas Mecheba Fernandez Galilea, met with the Spanish Secretary of State for Tourism, Matilde Pastora Asian Gonzalez.
On 28th June, following the meeting with the Iberia executive, Mecheba Fernandez met the Secretary of State from the Spanish Ministry for Energy.
The Equatoguinean delegation led by the minister included the Director for the Advancement and Promotion of Tourism, Maria Milagrosa Nchama, and Mahua Bendje Ngongolo, from the Minister of State’s Office. From the Ministry for Energy was Matilde Asian, accompanied by the Subdirector General for Tourism Cooperation and Competitivity, Antonio Nieto Magro, and the adviser to the Secretary of State, A�scar Almendros Bonis.
The two reviewed the state of relations between the two institutions, citing above all the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding which is still to be signed, and agreeing that this will take place during the upcoming WTO Assembly, to take place from 11th to 16th September in Chengdu (China).
The Equatoguinean minister put forward the need for support from the Spanish ministry in aspects such as the training of human resources for the tourism sector itself, and awareness-raising courses for sectors that are related to tourism, as the aim of the Government of Equatorial Guinea is to boost luxury tourism and ecotourism, and turn the country into a benchmark tourist destination.
For her part, Matilde Asian declared that in order for Equatorial Guinea to be a benchmark destination, visas and security are of paramount importance, as the country already has the basic infrastructures such as airports, quality hotels, golf courses, and a wide range of tourist attractions. The most important of all -continued the Secretary of State- is the political will to carry out the development of the sector.
A visit is expected in the coming months of a mission from the Ministry for Energy, Tourism and Digital Agenda to Equatorial Guinea, to evaluate on the ground all the necessary aspects, with regards to greater advice and support from the Spanish department for the Equatoguinean tourism sector.
Source: Official Web Page of the Government of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea