TERMS OF REFERENCE: THE RECRUITMENT OF A CONSULTANT FOR TOURISM GOVERNANCE AND FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT STRATEGY

Globally, the tourism sector has been a major economic driver for many developed and developing countries, creating job opportunities for youths and women, generating revenue for the government and the private sector while contributing to peace building, social inclusion and improving the quality of lives of locals.  In 2018, the tourism sector generated close to US$1.5 trillion with a corresponding 1.4 billion arrivals. Africa recorded the highest average growth rate in arrivals of 9% reaching 68 million visits while generating US$ 38 billion.

His Excellency the President Julius Maada Bio in his New Direction Agenda prioritize the tourism sector as one of the core developments programs and key sectors for economic diversification and avenue for job creation in his administration. The support provided by the government contributed to the rapid emergence of Sierra Leone’s tourism sector as one of the promising destinations within the West African sub-region.

Furthermore, the Government of Sierra Leone through the dynamic Hon. Minister of Tourism and Cultural Affairs has introduced key initiatives, activities and programs to position Sierra Leone on the right economic trajectory for tourism development like mainstreaming gender equality and ‘Women in Tourism’, the elimination of GST on airfare and the implementation of the visa on arrival, organized a National Conference in Tourism and Governance for all the Paramount Chiefs in the 190 chiefdoms to manifest the strong interest and commitment of the Government to support tourism development. The conference came out with relevant recommendations that will enhance the framework for a governance strategy of the sector while taking into consideration the cross-cutting and diverse nature of the tourism industry.

However, the sector is also exposed to the presence of numerous other institutions with duplicating functions which may in some cases be in conflict with that of the role and responsibilities of the Ministry and therefore constrains its effective functioning. In the establishment of this strategy, it would provide an excellent opportunity for a better coordination, collaboration and manages the diverse goals and responsibilities given its multi-faceted nature.

Hence the Ministry of Tourism and Cultural Affairs (MTCA) and the National Tourist Board (NTB) would like to recruit the service of a consultant to develop the Tourism Governance and Financial Management Strategy that would serve as a guiding framework in managing the relationship between the tourism sector and other stakeholders including MDA’s and the private sector.

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Contact: Procurement Committee
National Tourist Board
Lumley Beach Road, Aberdeen.
Freetown—Email–info@ntb.gov.sl.

TERMS OF REFERENCE: REVISION OF THE DEVELOPMENT OF TOURISM ACT 1990

The Ministry of Tourism and Cultural Affairs (MTCA) and the National Tourist Board (NTB) have received funds from the Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF) to implement a Sustainable tourism development and promotion project. The project aims to help Sierra Leone owns a tourism agenda aligned with trade policies and conducive to sustainable pro-poor growth; and increase the presence and perception of the country in the international market as an attractive tourist destination.

In implementing this project, the MTCA and the NTB intend to use part of this fund to hire the services of a legal Expert to review the Tourism Development Act, 1990.

Background

On the 21st February 1990, Sierra Leone Parliament passed The Development of Tourism Act 1990 to make new and better provisions for the promotion and development of Tourism in Sierra Leone; and to provide for the establishment of a National Tourist Board for the implementation of the Ministry’s strategies and policies.

The Ministry of Tourism and Cultural Affairs and the National Tourist Board developed a Tourism Policy to provide a clear vision for re-launching the tourism sector. One of the recommendations within the Tourism Policy is to review the Development of Tourism Act 1990. The Act is currently obsolete, as many changes and dynamics have taken place within the tourism industry all over the world since 1990.

The current act does not take into consideration updated issues relating to mainstreaming gender equality, digitalisation of tourism processes, climate change mitigation, human capital and institutional development. Furthermore, the sector’s position within governance is weakened as a result of non-clarity on the ownership and control of key tourism assets and the lack consideration in addressing cross-cutting issues leading to major loss of tourism opportunities.

It has been recognized that the tourism sector could be used to influence the development of other sectors within the economy. Lot of changes have taken place at local and international levels that warrants the need to update the Development of Tourism Act 1990;

The Government of Sierra Leone under the leadership of His Excellency the President, Dr. Julius Maada Bio has prioritized the tourism sector in the National Medium-Term Development Plan and placed under cluster two (2) as one of his core developments programs for economic diversification, growth and development. The support provided by the government contributed to the rapid emergence of Sierra Leone’s tourism sector as one of the promising destinations within the West African sub-region.

Please click here to download the full TERMS OF REFERENCE FOR REVISION OF THE DEVELOPMENT OF TOURISM ACT 1990

Contact: Procurement Committee
National Tourist Board
Lumley Beach Road, Aberdeen.
Freetown—Email–info@ntb.gov.sl.

 

TERMS OF REFERENCE: THE DEVELOPMENT OF E-GOVERNANCE SYSTEMS FOR THE SIERRA LEONE TOURISM INDUSTRY

The Ministry of Tourism and Cultural Affairs (MTCA) and the National Tourist Board (NTB) have received funds from the Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF) to implement a sustainable tourism development and promotion project. The project aims to help Sierra Leone owns a tourism agenda aligned with trade policies and conducive to sustainable pro-poor growth; and increase the presence and perception of the country in the international market as an attractive tourist destination.

The emergence of advance technology is now serving as a driving force to the application of e-governance systems by almost all states, government departments, agencies, businesses, private sector, customers and citizens around the globe in the smooth and smarter implementations of their diverse activities.  E-Governance which could also be referred to as electronic governance is viewed as the application of information and communications technologies to the functioning of government processes to ensure simple, moral, accountable, responsive and transparent governance.  It is also seen as the use of ICTs by governments for the exchange of information with citizens, businesses and other government departments that promote faster and more efficient delivery of public services. The application of this system further improves internal efficiency, reduce costs, and increase revenue generation; enhance the restructuring of administrative processes which finally leads to greater improvement of the quality of services.

Implementation of e-governance requires basic change in work culture and goals orientation and simultaneous change in the existing processes. It is fitting to meet a culture of maintaining, processing and retrieving information through an electronic system and use that information for decision making.

The Ministry of Tourism and Cultural Affairs has made extreme efforts to improve on the administrative, infrastructure, internal and external information handling but the movement towards e-governance have been at a snail pace due to the following factors such as lack of ICT literacy and awareness regarding benefits of e-governance among staff, partners and service providers, underutilization of existing ICT infrastructure as most departmental computers are used for only word processing, poor attitude of departmental staff to technological changes, lack of close coordination between departments and IT solution developers and finally resistance to the re-engineering of departmental process in order to implement e-governance projects successfully. The Ministry and the Board still have the strong determination of aligning its programs and policies to the demand of the electronic era that will enhance it to effectively compete within the regional and global tourism markets.

In the implementation of this project, the MTCA and NTB intends to use part of the funds to recruit the service of an ICT/ Management Information System expert to develop an e-Governance System for the Tourism Sector.

Please click here to download the full REQUEST FOR EXPRESSION OF INTEREST (REOI) CONSULTING SERVICE FOR THE NATIONAL TOURIST BOARD.

Contact: Procurement Committee
National Tourist Board
Lumley Beach Road, Aberdeen.
Freetown—Email–info@ntb.gov.sl.