Accessing Funds for Sustainable Tourism Development in West Africa: Land of the Largest Has High Returns on Investment

Accessing Funds for Sustainable Tourism Development in West Africa: Land of the Largest Has High Returns on Investment

4 Nov 2019, 15:30 - 18:00

Middle East & Africa Inspiration Zone

West Africa is an emerging untapped tourist market, yet it possesses some of the most fascinating attractions in the world; as the official Centre of the World it is home to the fastest growing mega city globally, the biggest man-made lake, proudly the largest producer of Cocoa in the world, and much more- West Africa has plenty to offer. However, the flow of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) is lagging due to a very false perception that Africa is a risky FDI destination. This is compounded by the lack of regional level branding of Africa that showcases investment opportunities,  exacerbated by limited financial resources available which affects the capacity for market investment opportunities to potential investors across the world. This summit showcases the abundant investment opportunities in this fast growing economy and the available funds for tourism infrastructure.

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  • Prof. Marina Novelli (PhD)


    Professor of Tourism & International Development

    University of Brighton

    An internationally renowned Tourism and International Development expert and an established academic from the University of Brighton (UK), where she...

  • H.E. Barbara Oteng Gyasi


    Minister for Tourism, Arts & Culture


    Barbara Oteng Gyasi is a Ghanaian politician and the Member of Parliament of Prestea Huni-Valley constituency of the Western Region of Ghana. She is...

  • H.E. Hon. Memunatu Pratt


    Minister of Tourism & Cultural Affairs

    Sierra Leone

    Prior to her recent appointment as Minister of Tourism and Cultural Affairs by the New Administration of H. E. Julius Maada Bio, Hon. Memunatu...

  • Ola Wright



    West Africa Tourism Organisation

    An exemplary woman, educationally trained as a Scientist, has practiced as an Image Consultant and emerged a tourism guru with several other awards...

  • Dr. Louise Twining-Ward


    Senior Private Sector Development Specialist

    The World Bank

    Dr. Twining-Ward is a tourism sector expert with extensive global experience in the design, implementation, and monitoring of tourism development...

  • Prof. Benedict Okey Oramah


    President & Chairman

    Board of the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank)

    Prof. Oramah assumed the position of President and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the African Export – Import Bank (Afreximbank) in September...

  • Akwasi Agyeman



    Ghana Tourism Authority

    Akwasi Agyeman, is the CEO of the Ghana Tourism Authority, the lead Public Service Agency in charge of regulating tourism in Ghana through marketing...

  • David Harper


    Head of Property Services

    Hotel Partners Africa

    David is the Head of Property Services for Hotel Partners Africa (HPA), advising on all aspects of hotel properties, including valuation, operator...

  • H.E. Amb. Albert M. Muchanga


    Commissioner for Trade & Industry

    African Union

    Ambassador Albert M. Muchanga was elected African Union (AU) Commissioner for Trade and Industry in January, 2017 for a four year term. He took up...