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Tourism federation creates network to ease devolved tourism

10 October 2013, 20:28

Nairobi - The Tourism Federation launched a new multi-sub cultural stakeholder network that will bring together regional associations and businesses to ensure effective lobbying for the sector under the new devolved system.

Speaking in Nairobi, the federations CEO Agatha Juma said that the launch of the tourism network is in recognition of the increasing need to lob by and advocate for tourism issues with both the central and county governments in a unified manner.

"Kenya is now operating under devolved governance which formally took effect after the recent general elections. The county government system and the Tourism Act will require tourism stakeholders across the country to take a more active role in lobbying for polices and interventions that result in a sustainable tourism sector," said Agatha.

She said that this initiative will bring together multi-sub cultural stakeholders from different regions, which will seek to empower region associations and businesses effectively to lobby county governments and the central government as a united sector.

She said that the network will run on six regional blocks namely Nyanza & Western, Central and North Rift, South and Lower Rift, Aberdare and Mount Kenya, Laikipia and Northern Tourism circuit and coast.

"This will be a one year project that will host 12 regional meetings and six national meetings with a view of hosting stakeholder forums to pick out the various tourism issues and concern unique to each region before accelerating them on the national network," she said.

Agatha  went on to say that this will ensure that advocacy on tourism related issues is adequately undertaken both at the national and county level, as it is with the devolved systems of government.

The tourism network will be hosted by KTF and supported by Business advisory Fund (BAF). BAF supports BMO's, CSOs, NGOs and trade unions to engage in public-private dialogue on issues affecting an enabling environment for business through funding advocacy, sustainability and training programs.

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