ECA, Ethiopia Develop Strategy to Grow Tourism Sector

The United Nations (UN) Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and Ethiopia’s Ministry of Tourism and Culture have collaborated to develop a master plan to guide the country’s tourism activities for the next ten years.

In 2015, the global share of Africa’s tourism was only three per cent of $7.6 trillion.

“That’s why ECA is relentless in its efforts to address the impediments to regional tourism development, including connectivity across the continent,” ECA’s deputy executive secretary Giovanie Biha said.

ECA is a regional UN commission whose mandate is to promote the economic and social development of its member states; foster intra-regional integration; and promote international cooperation for Africa’s development.

ECA commissioned a study to examine opportunities and challenges of tourism in Eastern Africa in 2011. With findings revealing that a regional framework to address the challenges was needed, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) developed one with ECA’s technical support.

“The IGAD master plan recommended that member states with tourism development instruments in place should have them aligned to IGAD’s regional master plan,” said Geoffrey Manyara, ECA Economic Affairs Officer, ECA. “A number of member-states then approached ECA to help develop their respective master plan.”

ECA started working on Ethiopia’s master plan in 2013, finishing in 2015.

Biha handed over Ethiopia’s Tourism Master Plan to the Ethiopian Minister of Tourism and Culture Aisha Mohammed Mussa at a recent United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) regional workshop on tourism in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Uganda’s tourism master plan was completed in 2014 and work on Djibouti’s is on-going.

Source: Footprint to Africa

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