Published on : Monday, January 16, 2017
Dr Walter Mzembi, Zimbabwe’s Tourism and Hospitality Industry Minister, has been formally endorsed by the African Union (AU) Commission as the continent’s candidate for the post of United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Secretary-General. The AU opines that he has the “drive and passion” to push global tourism to new heights.
Dr Mzembi was last year endorsed by the AU to represent the continent in the race to succeed outgoing Secretary-General Taleb Rifai. He is due to launch his bid for the post in Spain, the headquarters of the UNTWO, at the end of this month.
In its confirmation letter of endorsement to the UNWTO, the AU Commission, led by its Chairperson, Dr Nkosazana Dhlamini-Zuma, said: “ It is the firm conviction of African Heads of State and Government, as evidenced by their unanimous endorsement of Dr Mzembi’s candidature, that he has the qualifications, skills and competence, the vision and, equally as important, the drive and passion to successfully build on the remarkable legacy bequeathed to global tourism by His Excellency Dr Rifai, and to lead the Organization and global tourism to new heights of relevance, recognition and results, tourism being an effective vehicle for sustainable development, the building of deeper understanding between peoples and cultures and for the reinforcement of the quest for greater global harmony and peace.”
Dr Mzembi is currently serving his second term as chairperson of the UNWTO’s Regional Commission for Africa and has also represented Zimbabwe on the world tourism body’s Executive Council.
Among his main aims, if elected into office, is to increase Africa’s share of the global tourism business.