Participants at the Crans Montana Forum on Africa & South-South Cooperation in Dakhla, Morocco discussed among other issues the prospects of tourism in Africa in light of the geopolitical status quo and the security concerns that the continent is facing.
In this regard, Minister of Tourism Lahcen Haddad discussed with his counterparts from other countries as well as key actors from this sector the role of the tourism industry in the economic development and regional integration, in addition to its impact on many other national economic sectors.
The Minister stressed the importance of investing in infrastructure and creating new air routes that would help attract foreign investments and key actors of the sector.
He said that work must be done to improve the image of the South by increasing cooperation between countries to tackle security challenges, adding that the participants looked, in this regard, to the experiences of countries such as Senegal, Congo, Armenia, United Arab Emirates, France and Georgia.
Founded in 1986 in Switzerland, the Crans Montana Forum is a non-governmental organization aimed at encouraging international cooperation, dialogue, development, stability, peace and security in the world.
The Forum brings together illustrious figures from 36 African, 30 Asian, 31 European and 15 America countries, as well as more than 20 regional and international organizations.