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UNWTO and AU (African Union) will sign an MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) for cooperation on tourism – decision reached in Seychelles at the AU Ministerial Working Group

March 18, 2014 Destination Global No Comments Email Email

Seychelles-TravelUNWTO and the AU (African Union) will sign an MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) to consolidate their partnership in matters related to the development and consolidation of the tourism industry in Africa.

The MOU proposal tabled by Alain St.Ange, the Seychelles Minister responsible for Tourism and Culture who said that the grouping of African Member States into an ‘Africa Brand of Tourism’ should work with and alongside the UNWTO. Minister St.Ange said after the adoption of the Seychelles Final Communique that he was hoping the the ‘Africa Brand of Tourism’ would enhance the cooperation between UNWTO and Africa, and that the ‘Africa Brand of Tourism’ could also become a UNWTO Affiliate Member.

Africa already has a working partnership with the UNWTO through the UNWTO CAF grouping and this grouping will next be meeting in Angola at the end of April.

Elsia Grandcourt, the Director for Africa at the UNWTO supported the call approved by the AU Ministerial Working Group meeting in Seychelles. Elia Grandcourt who was herself personally present at the Seychelles meeting, said that she is if following up with Dr Elham M. A. Ibrahim, the AU Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy and remained hopeful that an MOU could be signed during the working visit to Addis Ababa by Taleb Rifai, the Secretary General of the UNWTO this year.

Elsia Grandcourt said that this partnership agreement would mark a new milestone for Africa Tourism and could serve as the umbrella for the potential joint cooperation between the UNWTO and its Africa Member States.

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Minister Jean Paul Adam, Minister Alain St.Ange and Dr. Elham M. A. Ibrahim at the opening ceremony of the AU Ministerial Working Group meeting in Seychelles

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