Economic Development in Africa Report 2017

Tourism for Transformative and Inclusive Growth

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Tourism - in terms of its contribution to GDP, employment and trade - is a critical sector for many African economies, and its growth is increasingly driven by tourists originating from the continent itself. However, most African countries still face significant challenges and constraints in exploiting the potential of tourism services in trade and economic development. The Economic Development in Africa Report 2017, subtitled Tourism for trans-formative and inclusive growth: Re-thinking the policy agenda examines the role that tourism can play in Africa's development process. It aims to identify key barriers and impediments to unlocking the potential of tourism in Africa to help structurally transform the continent's economy and provides policy recommendations on how these barriers and impediments could be addressed. It argues that tourism can be an engine for inclusive growth and that it can complement development strategies aimed at fostering economic diversification and structural transformation within an appropriate policy context.



Tourism, peace and development in Africa

United Nations Member States have formally recognized the importance of peace in advancing development, namely in Goal 16 of the Sustainable Development Goals, which relates to the promotion of peace, justice and strong institutions, as these are key conditions for achieving other development goals. In addition, the Nairobi Maafikiano adopted at the fourteenth session of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (2016) aims to give due account to cross-cutting issues such as good governance at all levels, freedom, peace and security and respect for human rights (UNCTAD, 2016b, article 14 (a)).


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