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Nigeria, Kenya to boost tourism ties

08 June 2014, 10:02

Nairobi - Nigeria is working with the Kenyan government over developing a framework to boost their respective tourism sectors in the next 12 months, said Edem Duke, Nigerian minister of Culture, Tourism and National Orientation in an interview with reporters in Abuja, the national capital of Nigeria.

Duke spoke on the sideline of an event to celebrate the launch of the air route operated by Kenya Airways from Abuja to Nairobi, the capital of Kenya.

The minister emphasized the need to develop the tourism sector in line with the Nigerian Government's transformation agenda and added that the partnership with Kenya would ensure increased value in trade relations.

"Kenya is the benchmark in terms of African tourism; Nigeria is the benchmark in terms of oil and gas. Kenya has just discovered oil; Nigeria is helping to develop it," said Duke, who stressed he hoped Kenya will help Nigeria find a strategy and link to develop the tourism sector and insisting it be a win-win deal for both nations.

According to the official, an implementation committee comprising officials of both countries has been set up to work out details of the framework which will be submitted for ratification and execution upon completion.

Nigeria's tourism is largely underdeveloped despite the presence of great facilities and natural resources while Kenya's has stagnated in recent times due to the ongoing terror attacks in the country.

Both countries have stressed the need for domestic tourists to come to the fore and lift their tourism sectors.

- Xinhua

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