Published on : Sunday, July 9, 2017
As per experts confirmed, African countries recently adopted policies that strengthen intersectoral linkages, improve intraregional tourism and promote peace. These would eventually harness the possibility of tourism to add to its inclusive growth, as well as to structural transformation and achievement of the goals of the Sustainable Development.
If things are done properly, tourism of this place could do much more, and faster as it’s already quite significant now and continues to grow. During a policy dialogue hosted by the Office for Eastern Africa of UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) on the new UNCTAD Economic Development in Africa Report 2017, Tourism for Transformative and Inclusive Growth, the experts were speaking in Kigali.
To quote Andrew Mold, the in-charge sub-regional office for Eastern Africa, UNECA, “Tourism is a labour-intensive sector with low entry barriers and a strong absorptive capacity for job creation for both skilled and unskilled workers.’’
Mold further adds by saying that the sector is not only a job generator, explaining that beyond generating financial profits and boosting productive capacities; tourism has the possibility to promote inclusion by reducing poverty and inequalities among vulnerable groups such as the poor, youth and women.
Mold said, “In countries where the tourism sector is dominant, the vulnerable employment rate is lower. Hence expanding the tourism sector could assist the most vulnerable workers in Africa, and contribute to more decent work opportunities.’’