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8th Annual Presidential Forum on Africa Tourism

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Eisner & Lubin Auditorium, Kimmel Center, New York University

60 Washington Square South (Between Thompson and Laguardia)

On Thursday, September 26th, 2013, NYU Africa House and the Africa Travel Association presented the 8th Annual Presidential Forum on Africa Tourism, where African heads of states, officials, tourism experts, and more convened to discuss the future of the industry on the African continent. This year’s event featured a keynote address by H.E. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, President of the Republic of Uganda and was moderated by Ali Velshi of Al Jazeera America.

 

Featuring

  • Keynote Address: His Excellency Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, President, Republic of Uganda

  • Honorable Walter Mzembi, President, Africa Travel Association; Minister of Tourism and Hospitality Industry, Republic of Zimbabwe

  • Honorable Phyllis Kandie, Cabinet Secretary of East African Affairs, Trade and Tourism, Republic of Kenya

  • Honorable Fatou Mas Jobe Njie, Minister of Tourism and Culture, Republic of The Gambia

  • Dr. Yaw Nyarko, Director, Africa House, Professor of Economics, New York University

  • Mr. Edward Bergman, Executive Director, Africa Travel Association

  • Moderated by: Ali Velshi, Host “Real Money with Ali Velshi”, Al Jazeera America

Schedule

9:00 am – 10:00 am

REGISTRATION

10:00 am – 10:30 am

INTRODUCTION AND OPENING REMARKS (Kimmel Center, Eisner & Lubin Auditorium, 4th floor)

Dr. Yaw Nyarko, Director, Africa House; Professor of Economics, New York University

Edward Bergman, Executive Director, Africa Travel Association

Hon. Walter Mzembi, President, Africa Travel Association; Minister of Tourism and Hospitality, Republic of Zimbabwe

10:30 am – 10:45 am

PRESIDENTIAL FORUM ON TOURISM KEYNOTE

The role of the travel and tourism sector in a nation’s economic growth strategy.

His Excellency Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, President, Republic of Uganda

11:00 am – 11:15 am

PRESIDENTIAL FORUM ON TOURISM KEYNOTES

11:15 am– 11:30 am

PRESENTATION OF STATE OF TOURISM IN AFRICA

Findings from the third edition, prepared by NYU Africa House, ATA and African Development Bank (AfDB), were presented.

Dr. Yaw Nyarko, Director, Africa House, New York University

AfDB Representatives

11:30 am – 11:45 pm

WELCOME ON BEHALF OF SPONSORS

Introducing Roots Festival 2014 in The Gambia

Honorable Fatou Mas Jobe Njie, Minister of Tourism & Culture, Republic of The Gambia

Introducing the Annual Tanzania Tourist Board Awards

Tanzania Tourist Board and Tanzania National Parks

11:45 pm – 1:00 pm

OPEN FORUM ON AFRICA TOURISM

Bringing lodging and aviation and tourism policies closer together, and opportunities and challenges facing lodging and aviation development

Honorable Fatou Mas Jobe Njie, Minister of Tourism & Culture, Republic of The Gambia

Honorable Phyllis Kandie, Cabinet Secretary for East African Affairs, Trade and Tourism, Republic of Kenya

Honorable Walter Mzembi, President, Africa Travel Association; Minister of Tourism and Hospitality, Republic of Zimbabwe

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

TRAVEL TRADE NETWORKING RECEPTION

2:30 pm – 4:00 pm

ATA’S YOUNG PROFESSIONALS FORUM (Kimmel Center, Room 802)

In partnership with Applause Africa Magazine