From 27th to 29th March, the tourist city of Santa Maria, on the island of Sal (Cape Verde), held the 1st Ministerial Conference on Air Transport and Tourism in Africa, organised by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the World Tourism Organisation (WTO).
The conference was attended by a senior delegation from our country, made up of the Minister for Culture, Tourism and Craft Promotion, Rufino Ndong Esono Nchama, and the Minister for Civil Aviation, Leandro Mico Angue Eyene, who were accompanied by Josue Esono EdA� Corredor; the Director General for Tourism Regulations and Statistics, and Leandro Nguema Mba Eyang, Director General for International Relations, and Estanislao Esono Anguesomo,Equatorial Guinea Representative before the ICAO.
During the work carried out by the delegation, both the ministers and the director generals had the opportunity to exchange words and ideas with their counterparts from Cape Verde, who expressed their willingness to continue to cooperate between the countries, through which they were finalising details and projects with a view to the upcoming visit by H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo to the sister Republic of Cape Verde.
The assembly, including numerous intergovernmental representatives from the African continent, and international civil aviation organisations and investors, approved on 29th March the final declaration, which urged a reduction in costs (time and money) in the connection of the African diaspora, and efforts to seek links to join the American and Africa continents; to reduce the cost of flying for all Africans, through actions and initiatives by Governments, whose components must be willing to embody the ideas and agreements in order to bring about these continental aspirations.
For that reason it is necessary to promote cooperation, good governance and harmonisation of policies; and thus achieve the consolidation of development and planning efforts, both on a tourism level and civil aviation level.
In addition, air connectivity and the management of destinations is an element to consider carefully, in order to be able to programme true civil aviation and sustainable tourism, aimed at promoting the capacities of the continent with respect to the creation of business opportunities in destinations, and thus boosting possibilities for tourism.
In any case, and in the words of the Minister for Tourism, it is clear that tourism is asking to play a highly relevant role in African economies, not because of the mandate of the agenda of the African Union 2020 and 2063, but due to the logic that our country has it as a declared strategic sector, in accordance with the 2nd National Economic Conference, held over 12 years ago.
Furthermore, and in the words of the Minister for Civil Aviation, Equatorial Guinea has in Ceiba Intercontinental a rough diamond, which can and should have routes with our brother peoples, in order to boost the national economy and promote new opportunities for income through the visits of those who want to come to Equatorial Guinea to invest, or simply to visit.
Source: Ministry for Culture