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Kenya and Seychelles cooperation strengthened through UNWTO Tourism Conference of Mombasa personally chaired by Secretary General Taleb Rifai

Kenya and Seychelles cooperation strengthened through UNWTO Tourism Conference of Mombasa personally chaired by Secretary General Taleb Rifai (Forimmediaterelease.net) HE William Ruto, the Deputy President of Kenya, met Minister Alain St.Ange, the Seychelles Minister responsible for Tourism and Culture, in the presence of Phyllis Kandie, the Cabinet Secretary at the Kenya Ministry of Tourism of East African Affairs, Commerce and Tourism. Minister St.Ange of the Seychelles was in Mombasa for the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) East Africa Tourism Development Forum.

HE William Ruto, the Deputy President of Kenya, was representing President Uhuru Kenyatta at the opening ceremony of the UNWTO conference when he met the Seychelles Minister and where they spent time together even over lunch when they shared the same table.

Kenya and Seychelles have always enjoyed friendly ties, and many Seychellois lived and worked in Kenya during the period preceding the island's independence from Great Britain in 1976. The Seychelles has always been proactive in the tourism arena and has been seen to be a solid working partner in the marketing of themselves in twin-center packages. The Kenya safari and Seychelles beach holidays is often programmed these days by tour operators in the four corners of the world using the tagline “From the Big Five to the Best Five," a tagline that showcases the safari strongpoints of Kenya and the spectacular white sandy beaches of the Seychelles.

Also in Mombassa for this UNWTO tourism forum were Dr. Mohamed AbuZaid, the Minister of Antiquities & Wildlife of Sudan; Agnes Akiror Egunyu, the State Minister at the Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities of Uganda; Elsia Grandcourt, the Director for Africa at the UNWTO; and Anita Mendiratta, the Special Advisor to the UNWTO Secretary General; as well as senior officials from the Ministry of Tourism of Tanzania. In Mombasa, they were jounced by Hon. Ali Hassan Joho, the Governor for Mombasa County; Dr. Ibrahim Mohamed, the Principal Secretary at Kenya's State Department of Commerce & Tourism; and Muriithi Ndegwa, the Managing Director at the Kenya Tourism Board, among many others.

Minister St.Ange of the Seychelles said that it was great to see tourism being supported at the highest level by the Kenyan government and that he appreciated having had the opportunity to meet with HE William Ruto, the Deputy President, as well as with his Kenyan counterpart, Mrs. Phyllis Kandie, the Cabinet Secretary at the Kenya Ministry of Tourism of East African Affairs, Commerce and Tourism.

"Our discussions have helped pave the way for even closer cooperation than what we already enjoyed before," said Minister Alain St.Ange as he left Mombasa on Sunday morning.

PHOTO (L-R): Minister Alain St.Ange of the Seychelles; HE William Ruto; and Phyllis Kandie the Cabinet Secretary at the Kenya Ministry of Tourism of East African Affairs, Commerce and Tourism

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