The private sector-appointed Seychelles Tourism Marketing director, Mr. Alain St.Ange, will be leading a three-person delegation to Kampala, Uganda, to participate in the 5th Africa-Asia Business Forum (AABF) 2009 conference to be held from June 15-17, 2009.
This conference, which is intended to bring together top officials and private sector representatives from 65 countries in Africa and Asia and international organizations to review, examine and assess the existing strategies in Africa for sustainable tourism, will be used by the Seychelles to tell the world what they have done to address the situation on hand following the world economic difficulties.
“The forum, which is organized by UNDP in collaboration with Japan’s foreign affairs ministry, the World Bank, UNIDO and the United Nations World Tourism Organization, is an ideal forum to showcase Seychelles innovative approach,” said Alain St.Ange.
The forum will also deliberate on how to expand marketing opportunities in tourism and foster tourism investment among Asian and Africa nations, both markets identified by the new Seychelles Tourism Board as important new potential markets.
The Uganda state minister for tourism, Serapio Rukundo, has told journalists only last week that the conference will offer a platform for the tourism fraternity and the business community to exchange views on tourism promotion, trade and investment between Asia and Africa.
The world’s big media networks like CNBC, CNN, BBC and Reuters are expected to showcase the event live from Kampala.
Alain St.Ange, who left Seychelles last Sunday accompanied by Ms Jenifer Sinon, the CEO of the Tourism Industry’s Association, and Mr Ralph Hissen of the island’s Tourism Board, said that Seychelles’ new-found private and public sector partnership is an example that should be tabled at the conference because that remains the way forward for dynamic countries.
He added that that Seychelles would benefit greatly from this forum through networking and business-to-business meetings.
The conference, is expected to attract about 300 local and international delegates, including 11 ministers from different countries, and it will be held at Kampala’s Speke Resort Munyonyo.