On the afternoon of 4th December, the Minister for Culture, Tourism and Craft promotion, Rufino Ndong Esono Nchama, met his Turkish counterpart, Mehmet Nuri Ersoy, in a bilateral meeting to look at and seek agreements in matters of culture and tourism between the two countries. These agreements will not only help to diversify the niche tourists sent and cultural awareness, but will also strengthen the ties of friendship between the two countries.
The Equatoguinean minister asked his Turkish counterpart for support in three areas. Firstly, the way to assist the Government of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea so that the international airline Turkish Airlines can fly directly to Malabo, to which his Turkish counterpart replied that it is the Government of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea that must take the initiative in making contact, and then take part in the negotiations.
Secondly, assistance was requested for training in the two sectors, to which the Turkish minister replied that they could begin a programme of grants in these areas with three grants, which could be extended in the future based on the obtained results.
Finally, Ndong Esono proposed looking into the possibilities of raising awareness among Turkish citizens of the tourist wealth in Equatorial Guinea, in order to transform our country into a destination for Turkish tourists. In that respect, the Turkish Minister for Culture declared that the issuing of visas to our country must be more flexible, and declared that, if there could be a reciprocal elimination of visas, then 10,000 tourists could easily arrive annually.
During his stay at the international forum that is now being celebrated in Turkey on culture and tourism, the III International Conference on Tourism and Culture, the minister also took the opportunity to meet the Spanish deputy and UNESCO member, Jose Maria Chiquillo Barber, who expressed interest in the cultural aspects of Equatorial Guinea, and in investment in various sectors. In that regard, the Equatoguinean minister explained the wide range of opportunities that the Republic of Equatorial Guinea has to offer, for both UNESCO projects and for private investment in the culture and tourism sector, in particular.
Source: Equatorial Guinea Press and Information Office