Sustainable tourism is important for economic development and poverty eradication in Africa

Published on : Saturday, September 2, 2017

UNCTDThe United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) report on Economic Development in Africa this year has mentioned tourism as a powerful tool for development and poverty eradication in Africa.

The report said that tourism can be an engine for inclusive growth and a balance for development strategies aimed at fostering economic diversification and structural transformation within an appropriate policy context.

UNCTAD Secretary General Dr. Mukhisa Kituyi, said that tourism’s impact on economic and social development of African countries can be really significant.

Dr. Kituyi said, “We must manage tourism properly in order to enjoy its fruits without leaving anyone behind.”

“To succeed, we must put in place adequate policies, forge public-private partnerships, ensure free movement, as well as peace and security,” the UNCTAD chief emphasized.
He added, “Africa’s tourism industry continues to flourish and supports more than 21 million jobs and, for the developing countries, tourism is a enormous tool for sustainable development.”

Organized by the Corporate Council on Africa and Africa Travel Association in collaboration with the Rwanda Development Board, the ATA Annual Summit brought together African leaders, international investors, and travel professionals from across the world to explore how tourism can initiate economic growth and create jobs across the African continent.

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