The training, delivered through UNCTAD's TrainForTrade programme under the Division on Technology and Logistics, was given at three workshops held in April in the Angolan provinces of Cuando Cubango, Malange, and Namibe.
The workshops were organized in the framework of a Memorandum of Understanding signed in December 2012 between UNCTAD and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) office in Angola. This inter-agency collaboration allows TrainForTrade to build on the results of its Project for Angola that was carried out from 2007 to 2011. One of the components of the earlier TrainForTrade project focused on Sustainable Tourism for Development and resulted in 97 public and private tourism agents being trained in Luanda, Huambo, and Benguela.
The recent workshops have aimed to increase awareness among government officials and private tourism operators of the benefits of developing sustainable tourism. They have also sought to strengthen the ability of participants to identify local opportunities for sustainable tourism projects, and to organize these in a manner that brings economic and social benefits to local populations.
The workshops received strong support both from the national government and from the provincial governments. The opening ceremonies were presided over by provincial vice-governors and provincial directors of commerce, hotels and tourism. Madalena dos Santos, National Director for Training at the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism, participated in all three workshops.
The main institutions represented at the workshops were provincial and national directorates of tourism. Also taking part were representatives of directorates responsible for urbanism, the environment, and education. Private tourism operators were present, as were representatives of non-governmental organizations. Twenty-two of the 80 participants were women.
Evaluating the course, participants said that the knowledge gained could be quickly applied to current projects and activities. They also said that the workshop had helped them understand the importance of working successfully in groups to develop better project proposals.
Participants at the workshop