Zambia is set to co-chair the first International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) / United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) Ministerial Conference on Tourism and Air Transport in Africa in Cape Verde this week.
Organised by ICAO with the UNWTO, the conference aims to bring together high-level government officials and technical experts from air transport and tourism, international organisations and private sector stakeholders to identify opportunities and challenges that foster the development of connectivity and seamless travel in the African continent.
It also seeks to raise political awareness and willingness to mainstream the priorities of the two sectors in the national, regional and global agendas and support the accomplishment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the African Union Agenda 2063.
Zambia’s Ambassador to France Dr Christine Kaseba-Sata said his country will be represented by the Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Dr Charles Banda who is expected to arrive in Santa Maria, Sal Island tomorrow.
She said the Minister will co-chair the meetings together with his Cape Verde counterpart, José da Silva Gonçalves.
“One of the key factors of the Conference will build on progress and advancements achieved so far in these two sectors, and will develop pragmatic, forward-looking solutions as well as credible means that enable African States to maximise and balance the benefits from the future development of Tourism and Air Transport services in the Continent,” said Dr Kaseba-Sata.