Dar to spend $5m on Leon Sullivan tourism summit


Tanzania has committed $5 million to the preparations and hosting of the forthcoming Leon Sullivan Summit, to promote the country’s tourism industry. The costs will be shared between the government and the summit secretariat.

Summit co-ordinator Shamim Nyanduga told The EastAfrican that the meeting is expected to draw participants from around the world and that Tanzania will also use it to promote investment opportunities in the country to the visiting foreign businessmen.

Local businesses are expected to cash in on the summit through the transport, hospitality services, tour packages and other tourism affiliated sectors.

The government and private operators have prepared a tourism itinerary covering Mount Kilimanjaro, the Spice Isles of Zanzibar and the historical town of Bagamoyo. “We have already done 80 per cent of the preparations for the summit,” said Ms Nyanduga.

The summit is expected to promote different investment opportunities in the country as well as provide openings for local businessmen to do business with their American counterparts. Tanzania is expected to earn millions of shillings from the event.

The Leon H. Sullivan Summits bring together the world’s political and business leaders, delegates representing national and international civil and multinational organizations, and members of academic institutions in order to focus attention and resources on Africa’s economic and social development.

The mission was inspired by Rev Leon H. Sullivan’s belief that the development of Africa is a matter of global partnerships. It was particularly important to him that Africa’s diaspora and friends of Africa are active participants in Africa’s development.

The Sullivan Summits are organised by the Leon H. Sullivan Foundation to highlight key issues and best practices, stimulate discussion and define opportunities, promote private enterprise and foster high-level strategic partnerships.

Creative and innovative initiatives emerge out of discussions and negotiations at the Summits and new relationships are brokered in order to make those initiatives a reality. They are bridge between America and Africa, serving as a forum for economic and cultural co-operation.

Africa needs partners, who can bring skills, expertise and resources to the problems and challenges it faces. It is through these partnerships that Africa can realise its full potential say the organisers.

According to Ms Nyanduga, the summit will also help Tanzania access international markets under the African Growth and Opportunity act.