Day one- The stakeholder’s consultative workshop on the formulation of the National Tourism Governance and Financial Management strategy in Kenema District.
EIF Funded Project- Formulation of the National Tourism Governance and Financial Management Strategy (FNTGFMS)
Host Institution: Ministry of Tourism and Cultural
Donor Agency: EIF- Sierra Leone Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF)
Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF) is supporting Sierra Leone to identify and prioritize its competitive sectors in order to meet growth objectives – in a sustainable and inclusive manner.
Detailed analytical studies have identified potential and constraints in four priority sectors: fisheries, tourism, agriculture and trade. As a result, EIF is providing targeted support in the agricultural industry and in tourism is helping the country to rebrand.
According to the Association of Accredited Public Policy Advocates to the European Union, Governance entails a guidance process that is institutionally and technically structured, that is, based on principles, norms, procedures and practices to collectively decide about common goals for coexistence and about how to coordinate and cooperate for the achievement of decided objectives. While there is no clear definition of what governance in the tourism sector consists of, it can be paraphrased as follows: a process of conducting coordinated activities among public, private and social actors in the “tourism system” to create synergies.
Therefore, Tourism is a sector of activity that involves multiple interrelationships among numerous types of actors and agents intervening in the production of goods and services consumed by visitors. In this framework, the government’s directive functions, under current conditions, are particularly relevant in coordinating efforts to help ensure that the dynamic of permanent growth that tourism has achieved to date is economically, socially and environmentally sustainable so as to increase its contribution to development.
While tourism production can be analysed and researched based on the collaborative relationship between the public and private sectors and the inhabitants of tourist destinations, viewed as a sector of activity, tourism encompasses a reality much more complex, due to the diffused nature of responsibilities for its development, shared as they are throughout an extensive and complicated network of actors as illustrated in the following breakdown:
It against this Background the Deputy Minister of Tourism and Cultural Affairs and the Tourism Directorate and its sub-vented agencies embarked on a eight day provincial workshop.
Formulation of the National Tourism Governance and Financial Management Strategy (FNTGFMS) is essentially concerned with procurement and utilization of funds. The basic purpose is to ensure adequate and regular supply of funds fulfilling the present and future requirements of the projects with EIF.
The Financial strategy will deal with areas such as financial resources, analysis of cost structure, estimating the project line, accounting functions and due financial diligence and so on. In short, financial strategy deals with the availability of sources, usages, and management of funds. It focuses on the alignment of financial management with the project objectives of an organisation to gain strategic advantage and effective project implementation outcomes.
The workshop commences
Today at Rendezvous hotel in Kenema, stakeholders within the District township assembled to be part of the workshop. The attendance shows readiness and correct assertiveness towards the project and tourism development. Calling the programme to order, the Tourism Officer Mr. Abdul Malik Kamara served as chairman of the occasion.
The astute Director of Tourism Mr. Mohamed Jalloh, engaged the audience as he played fair justice to the purpose of gathering and the essence of the workshop. During his opening statement he explained the need for the project and those who saw the need to fund tourism project of such nature. the making a statement on the purpose of the workshop. The stakeholder’s consultative workshop on the formulation of the National Tourism Governance and financial management strategy in Kenema District is the first and the other regions will follow. “Your input is more vital at this point, so therefore, when the time comes, please do your best” The E-Tourism is coming be prepared.
The next speaker a Representative of EPA making a statement on the importance of protecting our environment. Our environment is what houses and helps our ecosystem grow and thrive. Without protecting and taking care of our environment we’re putting so many lives at danger such as animals, plants and crops, and even our own. All of the ecosystems that make up our environment are deeply connected, therefore, tourism development is critically entrench with the environment.
Representative of the NRA making a statement on revenue mobilization on the Tourism sector, he said for the Domestic Revenue Mobilization processes. The aim of the Ministry and its Agencies is to broaden the Domestic Revenue Mobilization activities and to help improve and develop our tourism tax systems and to strengthen our domestic capacities for revenue collection within the tourism sector and other related sectors respectively.
The Deputy Mayor Kenema City Council encourages the need to enhance our traditional culture especially local dances and singers in all activities and promised to work alongside the Ministry in developing the sector from local level. She added that “Traditions represent a critical piece of our culture. They help form the structure and foundation of our families and our society. … Tradition reinforces values such as freedom, faith, integrity, a good education, personal responsibility, a strong work ethic, and the value of being selfless”
The consultant Mr. Dura Koroma making his presentation on the draft inception report on the National Tourism Governance and financial management strategy to the stakeholder’s in Kenema District, made it clear, that such document will serve generations. Therefore, the need to pay attention to its structures in gathering the right content is a life worth venture. As this mark a landmark event in the tourism sector.
The final and official speaker, The Hon. Deputy Minister of Tourism and Cultural Affairs, Mr. William Illawim Kongkatee Robinson giving the key note address started by thanking the President first, for giving the keen attention to the tourism sector, for making it a core component and a special thanks to the Donor Agency -EIF for identifying the Tourism sector as growth sector. This he said made them proud especially the him and the Hon. Minister of Tourism and Cultural Affairs.
He made two meaningful quotes as he digressed on his statement:
“In traveling, a man must carry knowledge with him, if he would bring home knowledge.”
“Only the traveling is good which reveals to me the value of home and enables me to enjoy it better.”
Well only tourism can bring these realities of life, but only when you embark on it, therefore he said, he is calling on every stake holder to showcase, manage, direct and be proud of what has given to every region.
The team will move to other regions as the days draw neigh, tourism development is a continuous work, and therefore we must not relent.
Kai B. Saquee
Marketing and Publicity
National Tourist Board
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