Nige­ria pre­sides over 3rd Ple­nary of UNWTO Gen­eral Assem­bly

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Nige­ria on Friday presided over the 3rd Ple­nary of the on­go­ing 22nd Gen­eral Assem­bly of the United Na­tions World Tourism Or­gan­i­sa­tion (UNWTO) in Chengdu, China.

The News Agency of Nige­ria (NAN) re­ports that the Min­is­ter of In­for­ma­tion and Cul­ture, Al­haji Lai Mo­hammed rep­re­sented the coun­try in his ca­pac­ity as the Vice Pres­i­dent, Africa of the UN body.

UNTWO was es­tab­lished to pro­mote tourism glob­ally.

Nige­ria emerged Vice- Pres­i­dent of UNWTO on Wed­nes­day by af­fir­ma­tion of more than 1, 300 del­e­gates at­tend­ing the Gen­eral Assem­bly from 130 coun­tries.

NAN re­ports that the maiden as­sign­ment by Mo­hammed as UNWTO vice pres­i­dent wit­nessed the pre­sen­ta­tion and adop­tion of four doc­u­ments on pro­grammes and works of the or­gan­i­sa­tion for 2016-2017.

The first pre­sen­ta­tion de­liv­ered to the gen­eral assem­bly by the out-go­ing UNWTO Sec­re­tary Gen­eral, Dr Taleb Ri­fai was on ‘Im­ple­men­ta­tion of the Gen­eral Pro­gramme of Work for 2016-2017.’

Ri­fai also pre­sented the ‘Re­port on the In­ter­na­tional Year of Sus­tain­able Tourism for Devel­op­ment 2017’ and ‘UNWTO Con­ven­tion on the Pro­tec­tion of Tourists and on the Right and Obli­ga­tions of Tourism Ser­vice Providers.’

The last pre­sen­ta­tion on ‘The In­ter­na­tional Sus­tain­able Tourism on Elim­i­nat­ing Poverty, ST-EP Foun­da­tion was pre­sented by Mrs Dho YoungShin from South Korea.’

NAN re­ports that the four doc­u­ments were adopted by the Gen­eral Assem­bly by af­fir­ma­tion af­ter their re­spec­tive pre­sen­ta­tions and the Vice Pres­i­dent’s open re­quests to del­e­gates.

Mean­while, the newly elected Sec­re­taryGen­eral of the or­gan­i­sa­tion, Mr. Zurab Polo­likashvili, from Ge­or­gia has promised to sup­port the devel­op­ment of tourism in Africa and Nige­ria in par­tic­u­lar.

In an in­ter­view with the NAN correspondent cov­er­ing the gen­eral assem­bly, Polo­likashvili said that Africa had a great fu­ture and po­ten­tials and he would work to­wards se­cur­ing and at­tract­ing in­vest­ments in tourism to the con­ti­nent.

The new Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral said that he looked for­ward to at­tend­ing 61st meet­ing of the UNWTO Com­mis­sion for Africa in Abuja from June 4 to June 6 2018.

“From the dis­cus­sions we have heard, your min­is­ter, Mr Lai Mo­hammed has very in­ter­est­ing ideas and agenda for tourism and I be­lieve we will col­lab­o­rate.

“The next CAF sum­mit is hold­ing in Nige­ria and it is my plea­sure to be there,” he said. (NAN)

Min­is­ter of In­for­ma­tion and Cul­ture, Al­haji Lai Mo­hammed at the UNWTO Gen­eral Assem­bly

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