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Cameroon, African Chamber of Trade and Commerce look to boost tourism opportunities

The Minister of State, Minister of Tourism and Leisure, Maigari Bello Bouba has pledged Cameroon’s support to the Africa Chamber of Trade and Commerce in order to make the country a more attractive tourist destination.

The Tourism Minister took the commitment on Friday, November 26 while receiving the Youth Tourism Ambassador for Ghana and Youth President for the African Chamber of Trade and Commerce, Joseph Amartey.

Receiving his guests, Minister Bello Bouba Maigari stressed Cameroon ranks as the fifth richest African country in biodiversity. The country’s rich cultural endowment and its attractive landscapes make it a fascinating tourist destination and at a time when the number of tourists is increasing exponentially across the world, Cameroon cannot afford to be left behind and must therefore work to improve this sector, the Minister said. He stressed the need for a sustainable programme to develop the tourism sector at the national level, which will increase the sector’s contribution to the economy.

He thus found it worthy to call on the president of the African Chamber of Commerce and Trade for a closer partnership harnessing growth in global tourism promotion through the youth.

He further reiterated the need for a multi destination tourism approach towards a strong buyer-seller match making.  On this promise, he officially pledge interest to support and use the African Chamber of Commerce and Trade to promote Cameroon tourism attractions as Mr. Amartey tours the 54 African countries on his mission, also endorsing his representative on their Cameroonian tourism promotion team to work and share his experiences to achieve the agenda 2063 goals of the African free continental trade agreement.

On his part, Mr Amartey pledged to replicate the success story of establishing tourism clubs in Ghanaian schools and promotion of domestic tourism among the Cameroonian youth. Looking at sports tourism as tool for revenue generation, Mr. Amartey requested Cameroon to organize a stakeholder consultative meeting between the Ministry of Tourism and the African chamber of Trade and Commerce to sensitize and promote the destination using hospitality and tourism clusters ahead of the AFCON 2021.

Also present during the meeting were the President of the African Chamber of Trade and Commerce, Mary Concilia Anchang, Mr. Mfouapon Alassa – Director of Promotion of Tourism, Mr. Hamadou Abbot Director – Inspection & Finance.

On Mr. Amartey’s working mission to Cameroon as the youth president for the African Chamber of Trade and Commerce, to see to the preparation towards the upcoming FICOTA 2021 event slated for December 10-19. The event is an African Chamber of Trade & Commerce Program for the Transformation of Cotton in Africa and the Minister of State, Minister Tourism and Leisure, used the opportunity to show his ardent support and confirm his presence at FICOTA 2021.

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