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African Union boosts Dr. Mzembi's bid to win UNWTO Secretary-General post

Jul 14, 2016

Dr Walter Mzembi, Zimbabwe's long-serving tourism minister, appointed by President Mugabe in 2009, and UNWTO chair of the African Commission, has successfully deposited his bid to win endorsement as Africa’s sole candidate for the UNWTO secretary-general’s post.

Dr. Mzebi's bid, before the African Union committee on candidature and international posting, was unchallenged.

The African Union committee on candidature, chaired by Angolan Foreign Affairs Minister Mr Manuel Augusto, invited Dr Mzembi to present his credentials and justify his wish to lead the world’s top tourism body and has now recommended Dr Mzembi’s candidature to the AU Summit of Heads of States and Government underway here, for final endorsement.

Once endorsed, Dr Mzembi officially becomes Africa’s sole candidate to the UNWTO top post.

During presentation of credentials, Dr Mzembi said he was seeking Africa’s endorsement after Zimbabwe and Sadc endorsed him as the regional candidate.

“As you will be aware, the UNWTO that we are seeking endorsement is one of the 17 Specialised agencies of the UN family.

“Since the inception of the organisation in 1975, no African has held the position of secretary-general. Europe has held it three times, the Americas once and the Middle East once.

“As you will appreciate securing the post of UNWTO secretary-general involves a highly competitive electoral process, requiring regional and continental endorsement,” said Dr Mzembi.

The UNWTO secretary-general’s post falls vacant next year when the incumbent, former Jordanian Minister of Finance Dr Taleb Rifai’s term expires.

There is general consensus that it is now time for Africa, since the continent has never had a chance in the organisation’s 41-year history.

African Union boosts Dr. Mzembi's bid to win UNWTO Secretary-General post
Dr Walter Mzembi

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