OIC Calls for Integration of Role of Private Sector in Tourism Development in Member States

JEDDAH — The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) highlighted the need to mainstream the role of the private sector in tourism development in OIC Member States.

The Under-Secretary General for Economic Affairs, Dr. Ahmad Kawesa Sengendo, highlighted this fact, in addition to its economic benefits, while emphasizing that tourism plays a vital role in promoting solidarity within the Muslim Ummah and international understanding. .

He made the statement on behalf of OIC Secretary General Hissein Brahim Taha during the Senior Officials Meeting (SOM) in preparation for the 11th Session of the Islamic Conference of Tourism Ministers currently taking place in Baku, Azerbaijan, June 27-29, 2022,

The statement affirms that the development of tourism has always received the priority attention of the entire OIC family, as the exchange of services in the tourism sector has always contributed to the growth and development of the economies of the 57 Member States. of the Organization, both during the pre- and post-COVID 19 pandemic eras.

The declaration recognized the importance of this meeting with regard to the implementation of OIC resolutions in the field of tourism, considering that the COVID-19 pandemic has severely affected the tourism sector by closing borders, reducing both the transport of tourists and tourists. request.

The OIC statement therefore stressed that one of the main tasks of the organization in this difficult period is to intensify cooperation efforts by improving the harmonization of tourism policies, the development of Islamic tourism, the facilitation of domestic tourism, tourism training, investment opportunities and tourism development. Infrastructure.

The OIC also called on Member States and institutions to do more to harness the great potential of the tourism sector available in Member States.

The opening session of the Senior Officials Meeting was also delivered by Kanan Gasimov, from the National Tourism Agency of Azerbaijan, and witnessed the transfer of the chairmanship of the session from Bangladesh as chairman of the 10th session to Azerbaijan as chair of the 11th session. — SPA


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