The African Union-endorsed candidate for the post of Admin General of the United Nations World Travel and leisure Organisation – UNWTO – Dr Walter Mzembi, Zimbabwe’ s Minister of Tourism as well as the Hospitality Industry, and the current Chairperson of the UNWTO Regional Commission just for Africa, is set to formally release his candidature at a landmark wedding reception event to be held in This town, Spain on 19 January, 2017.
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Invited guests include associates of all UNWTO Member States, the particular Secretary General of the UNWTO and everything Executive Directors of the Organisation, in addition to senior representatives of the Spanish Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Travel and leisure.
The reception will be held at the prestigious Torre de Cristal, in the Four Towers central company district of downtown Madrid.
Unanimously endorsed by Africa Heads of State and Federal government at the AU Summit held within Kigali, Rwanda in July, 2016, Dr Mzembi thus assumed the particular mantle of Africa’ s applicant for the top UNWTO post – a position which has never before already been held by an African.
In its confirmatory letter associated with endorsement, addressed to the Secretary Common of the UNWTO, the African Partnership Commission stated that:
“ It is the firm conviction associated with African Heads of State plus Government – as proved by their unanimous endorsement of Doctor Mzembi’ s candidature – which he has the qualifications, skills and proficiency, the vision and, equally as essential, the drive and passion in order to successfully build on the remarkable heritage bequeathed to global tourism simply by His Excellency Dr Rifai, and also to lead the Organisation and worldwide tourism to new heights associated with relevance, recognition and results – tourism being an effective automobile for sustainable development, the building associated with deeper understanding between peoples plus cultures and for the reinforcement from the quest for greater global harmony plus peace”.
Dr Mzembi has served as Zimbabwe’ ersus Minister of Tourism and the Food Industry since 2009. Just before that, he held various jobs in both the public and private industries in Zimbabwe and internationally – including heading the Zimbabwe delegation to the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly for three consecutive years.
He has represented his nation on the UNWTO Executive Council and it is currently serving his second consecutive term as Chairperson of the UNWTO’ s Regional Commission for The african continent.
Dr Mzembi includes a long-standing, deep and abiding interest for tourism in all its a lot of facets, as well as a well-defined and obviously articulated vision for the future development of a global tourism industry under the umbrella from the UNWTO.
The start event in Madrid will provide a suitable opportunity and platform for Doctor Mzembi to outline his eyesight and to provide an overview of how, when elected Secretary General, he hopes to lead the UNWTO to the people “ new heights of meaning, recognition and results”.
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