Sierra Leone: Minister of Tourism promotes cultural diplomacy in the United States
During a luncheon held at the Sierra Leone Embassy, 1701 19th Street, NW in Washington D.C. in honor of the Minister of Tourism and Cultural Affairs, Dr. Memunatu Pratt, Ambassador Sidique Abou-Bakar Wai briefed state officials, as well as leading businessmen that the Ministry of Tourism is at the heart of the President of Sierra Leone, His Excellency Rtd Brigadier Julius Maada Bio. He introduced Dr. Memunatu Pratt to the guests.
Dr. Memunatu Pratt began by informing the Embassy guests that Sierra Leone is at the stage of promoting cultural diplomacy.
“If countries are to be peaceful, cultural awareness can be a powerful tool for political stability. Working with foreign missions is very important to promote cultural diplomacy. We are currently marketing ecotourism, historic sites, slavery roots and culture as a sector for development”.
She went on to say that the government is determined to use tourism to rebrand and develop the country’s resources to create jobs and build infrastructure.
“A lot has changed nationally. Sierra Leoneans own businesses in the tourism sector, providing people with opportunities for economic viability,” Dr Prattl said, noting that education and training of young people, exposing to innovations, transforming traditional ideas Development approaches are essential pillars of growth .
“People should invest in youth development, establish hotels, ecotourism, health tourism, agrotourism, wildlife tourism, apart from beach tourism. Unidentified areas have come forward. Tourism promotes trade, agriculture, empowerment of women, thus providing security to build peace”.
She impressed on the guests that there is a link between tourism, livelihoods and education.
“We have an African-American program, receiving people from America whose DNA is linked to Sierra Leone. New islands have been created, as well as monuments and cultural sites. Sierra Leone is currently on a project expansion at Lungi International Airport, making road networks, improving electricity supply, developing the capacity of citizens, especially improving the skills of women so that they can pay for the opportunities. entertainment industry,” said Dr. Memunatu Pratt.
She concluded that the aim of the Ministry of Tourism is to lift young people working in hotels and beaches out of the poverty line.
Prominent luncheon guests included Jerry Tores, American Businessman and Politician, Salewa Ladipo, Strategic Analyst, Blueprint Global Consulting Group, Dr Ky Dele, Blueprint Global Consulting Group, Dr Kadia Bundu, Anesthesiologist, Emad Shoeb, Director of Operation, Swahili Village Restaurant and Izmira Violet Aitch, Senior Legislative Assistant, United States House of Representatives.
Pel Koroma, Embassy of Sierra Leone, Washington DC