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First Ordinary Session of the STC-TTIET Sub-Committee on Tourism

October 01, 2018 to October 02, 2018

First Ordinary Session of the STC-TTIET Sub-Committee on Tourism

WHAT: The First Ordinary Session of the Sub-Committee on tourism of the Specialized Technical Committee on transport, transcontinental and interregional infrastructures, energy and tourism (STC-TTIET).

WHEN: The conference will be held in two segments:

- Senior officials meeting: 01 October 2018
- Ministerial session: 02 October 2018

WHERE: Nairobi, Republic of Kenya (Movenpick Hotel).

WHO: Organized by the Department of Infrastructure and Energy of the African Union Commission (AUC), in collaboration with the Government of Republic of Kenya.

Objectives: The STC-TTIIET Sub-Committee on Tourism sessions will address the key challenges with the view to aligning tourism strategies to Agenda 2063. The main objective of the First Ordinary Session of the Sub-Committee on tourism, therefore, is to review the status of implementation of the Lomé Plan of Action for Tourism with a view to identifying achievements, challenges and charting the way forward to enhance the realization of established goals.

Expected outputs:

The expected results of the STC-TTIIET include: the dissemination of the outcome of the Assembly decision of July 2017, establishing the functioning of the Sub-Committee and its Expert working group and, a Ministerial Declaration with recommendations for the acceleration of the Lomé Tourism Action Plan 2017-2019.

Background:
Tourism is one of the most promising sectors in Africa. The value of the industry now stands at over USD 165 billion accounting for 7.8% of the continent's GDP, which exceeds the contribution from manufacturing and the banking sector. The industry accounts for more than 6.2% of total investments valued at USD 28.5 billion and employs over 20 million people hence accounting for 6.5% of the total workforce. It is further projected that at 5%, the tourism industry will grow much faster than forecasted 4.8% economic growth rate for the continent over the next ten years.

In line with the developed Tourism action plan with the view to optimize the role of Tourism as an engine and catalyst for economic development and growth in Africa through the establishment of a conducive environment, regional cooperation advocacy and stakeholder participation a communique was adopted by the AU Ministerial Working Group on Tourism in March 2014. The communique’s recommendations were made by the AU Ministerial Working Group on Tourism with the view of taking actions on the strategic measures to strengthen the contribution of the tourism sector in Africa within the context of the AU Agenda 2063.

Building on the NEPAD Action Plan and the Seychelles Communique, the First Ordinary Session of the AU Specialized Technical Committee on Transport, Transcontinental and Interregional Infrastructure, Energy and Tourism (STC-TTIIET) was held in March 2017 in Lomé, Togo. The STC-TTIIET in accordance with its rules of proceedings, adopted the creation of three sub-committees including: (a) Sub-Committee on Energy, (b) Sub-Committee on Transport and (c) the Sub-Committee on Tourism. The STC-TTIIET also adopted Plans of Actions for the various sub-sectors. The outcomes of the Lomé STC-TTIIET were considered by the AU Summit in July 2017, with recommendation for the AUC to implement the recommendations of Lomé STC-TTIIET (Ex.CL (1024(XXXI)).

Participants:
The first STC-TTIIET ordinary session will bring together Ministries and Experts responsible for Tourism sectors in all African Union Member States, the Regional Economic Communities (RECs), the Regional Development Banks and Financial Institutions, the continental specialized organizations, Academia, Private Sector and Civil Society as well as Development partners and International organizations involved in tourism development.

Journalists are invited to attend and cover the opening ceremony of the first STC-TTIIET expert and ministerial sessions scheduled from 01-02 October 2018 at 9:00am respectively.

For more information contact:

Mr. Raissa Ada Allogo
Senior Transport Policy Officer,
Infrastructure and Energy Department
African Union Commission
adaallogor@africa-union.org

For media enquires contact:

Mrs. Esther Azaa Tankou, Head of Information Division, Directorate of Information and Communication, AU Commission, Tel: +251911361185, E-mail: yamboue@africa-union.org

Mr. Molalet Tsedeke; Directorate of Information and Communication; AU Commission; Tel: 0911- 630631; Email: molalett@africa-union.org