By Hassan El-Khawaga
CAIRO, Jan. 25 (SEE) – Tourism Minister Rania Al Mashat said that the Tourism Ministry partook for the first time in the Egyptian delegation that attended the World Economic Forum, held in Davos, a matter which shows the importance of tourism sector for Egypt’s economy.
Speaking during the conclusion of her visit, Mashat noted that the ministry’s participating stressed that tourism is one of the government priorities.
The minister held a series of meetings with representatives of global companies like Huawei and Lazard, presidents of the board of directors of firms operating in the field of tourism, and the Jordanian and Armenian premiers alongside with Egypt’s Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli’s meetings with delegations of the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the African Development Bank, and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).
During her meetings, the minister affirmed that the ministry, for the first time, has a structural reform program to develop the tourism sector including the ministry’s vision for achieving sustainable tourism in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
She reviewed the different axes of the reform program, particularly the axis of keeping the pace with the variables of the tourism industry, including the concept of green tourism, increasing activities of the environmental tourism.
“The World Economic Forum this year discussed the importance of adopting sustainable development goals in building all sectors of the global economy including tourism,” Mashat added.
“The reform program aims at developing ties with the international institutions and tackling ways of cooperation in addition to benefiting from the different expertise,” she pointed out.
The minister, during her stay in Davos, also was interviewed by CNN and Al Arabiya channels, and the Financial Times newspaper.