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  • WEDF 2011

    Opening Day - 10 May 2011

    Day 2 – 11 May 2011  


    OPENING DAY – 10 MAY 2011

    07:30 – 8:45      Registration

    09:00 – 11:00    Room Kocatepe

    Official Welcome and Opening of WEDF 2011

    Global leaders in trade, development and tourism will set the stage for the WEDF debate, looking at the contribution of the services sector to growth, focusing in on the potential for tourism’s contribution to inclusive and sustainable development.( Session Summary) (Video)

    Chair: Ms. Patricia Francis, Executive Director, ITC

    Speakers:

    Opening address by Ms. Patricia Francis  (Speech)

    Welcome address by H.E. Mr. Ali Babacan, Deputy Prime Minister, Turkey

    Dr. Supachai Panitchpakdi, Secretary-General, UNCTAD (Speech)

    Mr. Pascal Lamy, Director-General, WTO (Speech)

    Mr. Ed Fuller, President and Managing Director, Marriott International Lodging  (Presentation)

    H.E. Ms. Victoria Ndikumana, Minister of Trade, Industry and Tourism, Burundi (Speech (FR))

    Dr. Taleb D. Rifai, Secretary-General, World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)

    H.E. Dr. Luzius Wasescha, Ambassador, Permanent Mission of Switzerland to the WTO, representing the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) (Speech)

    11:00 – 11:30     Coffee break

    11:30 – 13:00     Room Kocatepe

    Plenary Session 1: Private Sector Engagement with LDCs and LDCs’ Commitment for Sustainable Tourism-led Growth

    The session is an interactive debate where high-level representatives and CEOs will discuss the challenges and the benefits of tourism-led growth. The discussion will also explore the implications of the policies and incentives required to achieve the development of national capacities and backward linkages to the local economy. (Session Summary) (Photos) (Video)

    Moderator: Ms. Valentine Sendanyoye Rugwabiza, Deputy Director-General, WTO

    Speakers:

    Mr. Kemal Fahir Genç, Deputy Undersecretary, Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Turkey

    Mr. Hasan Arat, Vice President, Tourism Assembly of the Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB)

    Mr. Guy Johnson, Secretary-General, Ministry of Handicrafts and Tourism, Benin

    Mr. Hiran Cooray, Chairman, Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA), Chairman, Jetwing

    Mr. Ronald Hepburn, Founder, Chamber Member and Managing Director, Etoile Partners, UK

    Ms. Rosette Chantal Rugamba, Founder, Songa Africa, Rwanda

    13:00 – 15:00        Lunch in the Büyük Foyer

    Promoting tourism for sustainable development and poverty reduction

    Steering Committee on Tourism Development (SCTD) SPECIAL EVENT Room Camlica, Istanbul Congress Centre

    15:00 – 16:30              

    Parallel workshops exploring specific project challenges and opportunities

    Workshops held in parallel. Each session will work towards concrete ideas of developing ways of integrating small- and medium-sized enterprises in LDCs into the global value chain through tourism.

    Room Kocatepe

    Inclusive tourism as a market opportunity for the developing world:
    Two cases – Ugandan handicrafts and Ethiopian cultural heritage
      (Photos ) (Video)

    The workshop will highlight the contribution of handicrafts and cultural heritage in tourism-led growth in LDCs. The projects to be developed will aim to show how handicrafts developed through market-led design capability can be sustainable in the tourism sector in Uganda, as well as how cultural heritage can become a more fully integrated part of the tourism value chain in Ethiopia. Participants will work on a project that will develop a structured approach to product development for tourism value chains by linking micro-producers of handicrafts to the tourism industry and by integrating the development of cultural heritage projects into tour operators’ supply chains.

    Ugandan and Ethiopian case studies (Workshop Summary)

    Among the contributors were:

    Mr. Ephraim Amare Awgichew, Director, Heritage Inventory Directorate, Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Ethiopia
    Mr. Cuthbert Baguma, Executive Director, Uganda Tourism Board
    Ms. Grace Barya, Consultant, Ethical Fashion, Kenya
    Mr.  Ousseynou Dieng, Director of Planning, Ministry of Tourism, Republic of Senegal
    Mr.  Madibaye Djimadoumbaye, EIF Focal Point, Director of External Trade, Ministry of Trade and Industry, Republic of Chad
    H.E. Mr. Tina Dith, Under Secretary of State, Ministry of Commerce, Cambodia
    Mr.  Mahmut Evkuran, Director-General of Research and Education, Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Turkey (presentation)
    H.E. Mr. Ali Rasheed Hussain, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Economic Development, Maldives
    Mr.  Christophe Jocktane-Lawson, Global Account Manager-Europe, Middle East and Asia, Ecobank Group
    Mr.  Guy Johnson, Secretary-General, Ministry of Handicrafts and Tourism, Benin
    Ms.  Florence Kata, Executive Director, Uganda Export Promotion Board, Uganda
    Mr.  Dick de Man, Deputy Managıng Director, Centre for the Promotıon of Imports from Developing Countries (CBI), The Netherlands (presentation)
    H.E. Mr. Darlington Mwape, Ambassador, Permanent Mission of the Republic of Zambia
    Ms. Shinta Oosterwaal, Senior Strategic Advisor, Centre for the Promotion of Imports from Developing Countries (CBI), The Netherlands
    Mr. Touka Mahmat Saleh,EIF National Coordinator, Republic of Chad
    H.E. Leopold Ismaël Samba,Ambassador, Permanent Representative of the Central African Republic to the UN and WTO in Geneva
    Mr.  Abdoulaye Sanoko,Permanent Mission of Mali to the UN and the WTO in Geneva
    Ms. Saeeda Umar, Coordinator, National Implementation Unit for EIF and Aid for Trade, Ministry of Economic Development, Maldives
    Ms. Joyce Wangui, Country Buyer, Serena Hotels, Uganda
    Mr.  Hailu Zeleke Woldetsadik, Senior Archaeological Expert, Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Ethiopia

    Room Fevzi Çakmak

    Integrating Horticulture in the Tourism Supply Chain  (Photos)

    The objective of the workshop is to create the link between the horticulture sub-sector in Tanzania with the tourism industry. Participants will explore the ideas around how agri-business collection and distribution centres are established and managed, and the backwards linkages of these to the tourism industry. The workshop will develop a model that could be used, with adaptation, by many countries.

    Tanzanian case study (Workshop Summary)

    Among the contributors were:

    H.E. Ms. Iruthisham Adam, Ambassador, Permanent Mission of the Republic of Maldives to the UN, Geneva
    Ms. Naffie Barry
    , Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Trade and Employment, The Gambia
    Mr. Ravi Bhattarai
    , Under Secretary, Ministry of Commerce and Supplies, Nepal
    Mr. Chandra Kumar Ghimire
    , Joint Secretary, Ministry of Commerce & Supplies, Nepal
    Ms. Engin Guvenc
    , Executive Director, Turkish Business Council for Sustainable Development, Turkey
    Mr. Ferit Karakaya
    , Sustainable Tourism Expert, Turkish Business Council for Sustainable Development, Turkey
    Ms. Mamello Morojele
    , Head Investment Promotion, Lesotho Tourism Development Corporation, Lesotho
    H.E. Felix Mosha
    , Ambassador, Chairman, Horticulture Development Council of Tanzania, Tanzania
    Mr. André Soumah
    , Executive Chairman, ACE (Audit Control Expertise Global Ltd), Switzerland
    Ms. Mpai Tseole
    , Director of Tourism, Ministry of Tourism, Environment and Culture, Lesotho
    Mr. Miguel Tungadza
    , Second Secretary, Permanent Mission of Mozambique in Geneva
    Ms. Nukhet Unat
    , Purchasing Manager, Intercontinental Hotel, Turkey

    16:30 – 17:00   Coffee break

    17:00 - 18:30 

    Parallel workshops exploring specific project challenges and opportunities

    Room Kocatepe

    Engaging women vendors in the tourism value chain: Impacting human and economic development  (Photos) (Video)

    Panellists will explore the business and development cases for engaging women in tourism value chains. Participants will leave with an understanding of what can be and is being done by governments in LDCs and other countries to help women exporters thrive in this sector. Private sector participants will learn how they can improve the integration of women vendors in their procurement processes and the benefits therein.

    Examples of ITC programmes, with a special focus on the Asia Pacific region. (Workshop Summary)

    Moderator: H.E. Mr. Pan Sorasak,Secretary of State, Ministry of Commerce, Royal Government of Cambodia

    Amongs the contributors were:   

    Ms. Liz Benham, International President, BPW International, USA
    Ms.Letty Chiwara, Chief, Africa Division, UN Women
    Ms. Naila Chowdhury, CEO, Grameen Solutions, Bangladesh
    Ms. Amanda Ellis, Deputy Secretary for International Development for the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT)
    H.E.Mr. Roy Mickey Joy, Ambassador of Vanuatu to the EU and the Kingdom of Belgium
    Ms. Florence Kata, Executive Director, Uganda Export Promotion Board,Uganda
    Ms. Virginia Littlejohn, President and CEO, Quantum Leaps, Inc., USA
    Ms.Margret Malua, President, International Women in Development Inc, Samoa
    Ms. Arzu Ozyol, BPW Ankara, Turkey
    Dr. Alexis Rwabizambuga, Advisor to the President, African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank), Egypt
    Ms. Louisa Sifakula, Senior Trade Manager, Pacific Islands Trade & Invest Office, New Zealand
    Ms. Linda Trenkner, General Manager, Fresh Change Ltd., Vanuatu
    Ms. Elizabeth A. Vazquez, CEO and Co-Founder, WEConnect International, USA
    Ms. Mereia Volavola, CEO, Pacific Islands Private Sector Organisation (PIPSO), Fiji

    Room Fevzi Çakmak

     Recovering Tourism after a Crisis (in collaboration with UNWTO)  (Photos)

    How can a country resurrect its tourism industry after a major shock, be it political instability or natural disaster? This workshop will be developed and implemented in conjunction with the UNWTO’s Risk and Crisis Management programme, which aims to identify and mitigate global and local risks related to travel and tourism, including the development of crisis management systems. Participants will focus on developing a guide for restoring tourism in an LDC after a crisis. Practitioners from Jordan will transfer their know-how to practitioners from LDCs. (Workshop Summary)

    Moderator: Mr. Moussa Oumarou, Director of the Industrial and Employment Relations Department, ILO

    Among the contributors were:

    Mr. Hiran Cooray, Chairman, Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA), Chairman, Jetwing
    Dr. Dirk Glaesser, Manager, Risk and Crisis Management, World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), Spain
    H.E. Mr.Issa Gammoh, Secretary General, Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, Jordan
    Ms. Hala El Khatib, Secretary-General, Egyptian Hotel Association and former communication adviser to the Minister of Tourism, Egypt
    Mr. Dexter Koehl, Communications Specialist and former Vice President, Public Relations & Communications, Travel Industry Association of America, USA
    Mr. Martin Roche, Partner, Etoile Partners, UK
    Mr. Koray Yetik, Secretary General, Turkish Tourism Investors Association (TYD)

    18:45    Group photo with all WEDF speakers and participants

    19:00    WEDF Cocktail reception in the Kare Foyer

    20:00    WEDF Dinner in the Büyük Foyer


     DAY 2 – 11 May 2011

    10:00 – 11:30   Room Kocatepe

    Plenary session 2: Inclusive sustainable development led by sustainable partnerships, ethical investment and intelligent resource management in the tourism sector 

    Panellists will discuss how to foster sustainable partnerships, examining the conditions for successful public-private partnerships in the tourism sector. The issues of ethical investment and intelligent resource management will be considered within the framework of how they can lead to inclusive sustainable development. (Session Summary) ( Photos ) (Video )

    Moderator:  Mr. David Eades, BBC News anchor, United Kingdom

    Ms. Dorothy Tembo, Executive Director, EIF

    Ms. Amanda Ellis, Deputy Secretary for International Development, New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT)

    Prof. Geoffrey Lipman, Director of Greenearth.travel and Advisor to the UNWTO Secretary General

    Mr. Alexander Barkawi, former Managing Director, SAM Indexes and Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes

    Mr. Patrick Ramonjavelo, Honorary President of Malagasy Travel Agencies Association, Madagascar

    11:30 – 12:00    Coffee break the Büyük Foyer 

    12:00 - 13:00    Room Kocatepe

    Closing: Presentation of private-public partnerships

    The WEDF 2011 Closing session will showcase the LDC-related projects and programmes which are ITC’s outputs from WEDF. These projects are being realised with the support of stakeholders from the public and private sector as well as UN partners, and Mrs. Francis will invite key stakeholders of these outputs to join her on the stage. Each presenter will describe the project and its goals. (Session Summary) (Photos ) (Video )

    Moderator: Ms. Patricia Francis, Executive Director, ITC

    Presentation of the Steering Committee on Tourism Development (SCTD) Portfolio as an achievement, by Ms. Zoritsa Urosevic, Programme Manager, Institutional and Corporate Relations,UNWTO

    Remarks by Mr. Dick de Man, Deputy Managing Director, Centre for the Promotion of Imports from developing countries (CBI), The Netherlands

    Presentation by key stakeholders of programmes and workshop projects:

    • Inclusive Tourism as a Market Opportunity for the Developing World
      • Ugandan handicrafts, presented by Ms. Florence Kata, Executive Director, Uganda Export Promotion Board, Uganda
      • Ethiopian cultural heritage, presented by Mr. Ephraim Amare Awgichew, Director, Heritage Inventory Directorate, Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Ethiopia
       
    • Integrating Horticulture in the Tourism Supply Chain, presented by H.E. Mr. Felix Mosha, Ambassador, Chairman, Horticulture Development Council of Tanzania, Tanzania
    • Engaging Women Vendors in the Tourism Value Chain, presented by H.E. Mr. Pan Sorasak, Secretary of State, Ministry of Commerce, Royal Government of Cambodia
    • Recovering Tourism after a Crisis (in collaboration with UNWTO), presented by Mr. Martin Roche,Partner, Etoile Partners, UK

    Closing statement by H.E. Mr. Darlington Mwape, Ambassador, Permanent Mission of the Republic of Zambia

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