Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Equatorial Guinea Further Develops Environmental and Cultural Tourism in Line with Horizon 2020 Goals

The Republic of Equatorial Guinea, through the Vice Minister for Culture, Tourism, and Craft Promotion, further developed its focus on environmental, social, and cultural tourism at the World Tourism Organization Commission meeting for Africa, in line with the country’s Horizon 2020 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The meeting, which focused on achieving the 17 SDGs from the 2030 United Nations (UN) Agenda for Sustainable Development, brought together high-level officials from 36 African countries.

Equatorial Guinea highlighted the importance of developing tourism projects that focus on the reduction of poverty, creation of innovation tourism promotion, and identification of new alliances and resources in order to further develop the sector.

Equatorial Guinea has a robust tourism sector and has hosted international conferences, delegations, and sporting events at its world-class facilities. The expansion of tourism opportunities in Equatorial Guinea will further expand the large sector.

Equatorial Guinea was elected to the Executive Board of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) in 2017.

The sustainable development of the tourism sector is in line with Equatorial Guinea’s Horizon 2020 development program goals. Equatorial Guinea is focused on the training and empowerment of the private sector in mining, fisheries, tourism, agriculture, telecommunications, health, and financial services.

In line with the Goals, Equatorial Guinea has made great strides over the years, including major reductions in the risk of maternal and infant mortality; free health service and drugs for youth and the elderly; the development of agriculture and hydrocarbons to create more jobs; the implementation of progressive gender equality policies; and electricity and sanitation for all citizens.