Minister: Egypt attaches importance to upgrading tourism, heritage cities

Minister of Local Development Hisham Amna asserted that the Egyptian government was keen on enhancing efforts for achieving sustainable development as part of its commitments to implementing the 11th objective of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) pertaining to implementing inclusive, resilient and sustainable urban development policies and practices.

Addressing the the International Mayors’ Forum on Tourism and Sustainable Cities, which is being held at Zhengzhou, China on September 4 to 6.

The forum is attended by ministers, governors, and local government leaders from various countries, as well as representatives of international organizations, such as the United Nations World Tourism Organization.

Amna said that the forum is an important platform to enhance dialogue between local government officials to address urban issues and find solutions in light of the common global challenges that affect the sustainable development of tourism.

He added that the forum aims to create a global platform for dialogue between local government officials, governors, mayors, and officials from various tourist cities in the world on the joint development of international tourism and tourist cities, confronting common challenges, exploring new sustainable solutions for developing tourism, and developing local management to care for tourist sites.

Amna’s participation in the forum will include attending several sessions and events on the sidelines of the forum to present Egypt’s efforts in developing tourist and heritage cities and providing the necessary infrastructure to unleash their potential and enhance their tourism capabilities. He will also highlight Egypt’s efforts in preserving and utilizing its natural and cultural heritage in all tourist cities to achieve sustainable tourism goals related to enhancing economic viability.

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