AddisAbaba September 17/2013 The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) on Monday launched Sustainable Tourism Master Plan (STMP) as an instrumental blueprint to enhance regional integration in Eastern Africa and improve regional destination competitiveness.
The IGAD Tourism Master Plan was developed through the technical support provided by the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA).
Government officials, tourism ministers, academia, bilateral and multilateral agencies as well as civil society and private sector players from seven IGAD member states: Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan and Kenya attended the ceremony.
The IGAD STMP initiative is informed by a regional study commissioned by ECA through its Sub-Regional Office for Eastern Africa in 2010.
The IGAD STMP has been developed through a consultative process involving in-depth interviews with key tourism stakeholders drawn from the IGAD member states, a team of tourism experts and has undergone high level validation.
It is anticipated that the IGAD STMP would go a long way in addressing the challenges facing member states with respect to tourism development and growth.