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Georgia beats Africa to UNWTO Secretary General post

 May 13, 2017 Editorial Team


Dr Walter Mzembi, Africa’s choice for UNWTO Secretary General and Dr Thomas Kwesi Quartey, the Deputy Chairperson of the African Union Commission during a meeting last month in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.


By Henry D Gombya in Madrid, Spain


Africa’s choice for the United Nations World Tourism Organisation post of Secretary General has narrowly lost to an East European country. In a vote taken here today, Dr Walter Mzembi, Zimbabwe’s Minister of Tourism, won the first round of votes when he received 11 votes compared to eight by Georgia’s ambassador to Spain and his country’s permanent representative to the UNWTO, 40-year old Zurab Pololikashvili.


In the second round, Mr Pololikashvili won by 18 votes, beating Dr Mzembi by three votes after he came out with 15. After the votes, there were cries that the rest of the world had conspired against Africa’s choice for UNWTO Secretary General. In his last submission to the 105th meeting held here to choice the candidate that will go to Shangdu, China where the new UNWTO Secretary General will be inaugurated, Dr Mzembi had outlined his plan to engage in a plan to revamp tourism in Africa.  The whole of the African country had been eagerly waiting to see whether the rest of the world would recognise the continent’s contribution to world tourism. With a variety of wild animals still roaming the African continent, Africa is and remains quite attractive to tourists, especially those from the West who it appears have rejected the idea for an African to lead the world tourism organisation.

After years of negative reports by the western press regarding Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe, Mzembi, 53, managed to convince the UNWTO to allow Zimbabwe to co-host the UNWTO conference with Zimbabwe. The move provided support for the embattled Zimbabwean leader and with the guidance of the youthful minister, the country has seen an increase in tourists who have continued to flock to Zimbabwe, a country now considered quite safe as a tourist destination.

Speaking to The London Evening Post early this year here in Madrid, Dr Mzembi pledged that one of the many ideas he has if  elected as UNWTO Secretary General was to create an atmosphere whereby Africans would start coming to Western countries as tourists and not as asylum seekers. His hosting of the UNWTO conference in Victoria Falls earned him great praise from President Mugabe who called him one of his best ministers and one that had put Zimbabwe back on the international map.

While the meeting here has been of great importance to the tourist industry, with many Spanish people spending millions visiting other countries, not many of the people we have come in touch with here have any idea what the words UNWTO mean. Nor are they aware that their capital has been the venue for a very important decision on who goes to Shangdu in September to be elected UNWTO Secretary General.

Six candidates made it to the final selection of the election. These were:


Vahan Martirosyan who 
submitted his candidacy with the support of the Government of Armenia;


Márcio Favilla who submitted his candidacy with the support of the  of Brazil on 6 March 2017;


Mr.  Alberto Cabal Sanclemente who submitted his candidacy with the support of the Government of Colombia on 6 March 2017;


Mr. Zurab Pololikashvili who submitted his candidacy on 2 December 2016 with the support of the Government of Georgia

Republic of Korea:

Mrs. Young-shim Dho who submitted her candidacy with the support of the Government of the Republic of Korea on 24 February 2017


Dr Walter Mzembi who submitted his candidacy with the support of the Government of Zimbabwe and the African Union, orch 2017.  The Secretariat received seven other applications which were not accompanied by the required documents. Consequently, the applications were not submitted to the 105th session of the Executive Council that sat here this week.

Throughout this week, the African continent has been hoping that one of their own would be in control of the tourism industry. More so, Dr Mzembi’s pledge during his campaign to enable Africans to travel to the West as tourists and not as asylum seekers had resonated with a lot of Europeans as well as Africans.


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