News:Mzembi eyes to be the first African UNWTO Secretary General

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<vote /> Tourism and Hospitality Industry Minister Walter Mzembi who is also UNWTO chair of the African Commission, deposited the bid to win Africa’s endorsement as the continent’s candidate for the United Nations World Tourism Organisation secretary-general’s post unchallenged.

The AU committee on candidature, chaired by Angolan Foreign Affairs Minister Mr Manuel Augusto, invited Dr Mzembi to present his credentials and justify his wish to lead the world’s top tourism body and has now recommended Dr Mzembi’s candidature to the AU Summit of Heads of States and Government, for final endorsement. Once endorsed Mzembi will officially become Africa’s candidate to the UNWTO top post.

Mzembi will then have to face candidates from other regions in an election scheduled for May 2017.

During presentation of credentials Mzembi said

“As you will be aware, the UNWTO that we are seeking endorsement is one of the 17 Specialised agencies of the UN family. Since the inception of the organisation in 1975, no African has held the position of secretary-general. Europe has held it three times, the Americas once and the Middle East once."

Other candidates for the post will be officially known in October when the UNWTO nomination court sits in October, in Egypt.

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