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Suma Chakrabarti (left) and Zurab Pololikashvili Suma Chakrabarti (left) and Zurab Pololikashvili

EBRD and UNWTO Team Up

The EBRD and the UNWTO are joining forces to strengthen sustainable and inclusive tourism as a tool for achieving growth and development.

Under an MoU, signed by Suma Chakrabarti, president, EBRD and Zurab Pololikashvili, secretary-general, UNWTO at the UNWTO headquarters in Madrid, the two institutions pledged to work together in promoting and fostering tourism for the achievement of the 2030 Agenda and the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals.

The MoU is also aligned with the new property and tourism strategy the EBRD published recently.

In particular, the EBRD and UNWTO are looking for ways to strengthen the role of the tourism sector for social, economic and environmental development for regional integration and economic diversification.

Fostering education and training in tourism for job creation and socioeconomic inclusion, by adopting the best practices to increase and improve skillsets in the sector, is a key priority for both the EBRD and UNWTO.

The two organisations will also look to strengthen tourism governance and institutions, promote policy dialogue at national and regional level on matters of common concern, facilitate investments and advocate for the increase of Official Development Aid flows to the tourism sector, including through UNWTO.