The official candidature of The Republic of Cuba for WORLD TOURISM DESTINATION AWARD was accepted and dully registered, being the last candidature accepted for 2018/2019 tourism year announced the Office of The President of European Council on Tourism and Trade.
On this occasion, H.E. Professor Dr. Anton Caragea, President of European Council on Tourism and Trade has wished full success for the country international recognition in the field of tourism.
The presentation and cooperation meeting was focused on the tourism potential of the Caribbean island, recovery of the tourism industry after Irma hurricane and opportunities for investment in tourism industry on Cuba after the latest legal and constitutional framework changes and the chances of the beautiful hot-spot to be named as WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION and FAVORITE CULTURAL DESTINATION.
Cuba has the potential of making another perfect WORLD`S BEST TOURIST DESTINATION awardee considers President Professor Dr. Anton Caragea.
H.E. Roberto César Hamilton MAGAÑA, the new Ambassador of Cuba, has outlined the changes in property laws, the acceptance of private property and is guarantee by the state and the special support offered for hotel and hospitality chains interested in investing in the booming Cuban tourism sector.
The bilateral discussion, has marked the debut of mandate for H.E. Roberto César Hamilton MAGAÑA and H.E. ECTT President Professor Dr. Anton Caragea, has officially presented the congratulations for the start of mandate of the new ambassador noting the world tourism institution hopes for a fruitful cooperation and also has marked the official congratulations for the new Head of State of The Republic of Cuba: H.E. Miguel Díaz-Canel – President of Council of State and Council of Ministers.
The election of the new Cuban leader is a testimony of the desire of Cuba to continue on the path of revolution and to foster new development ways while maintaining the legacy and conquest of the Revolution, underlined Professor Dr. Anton Caragea.
Dialogue of friendship marking the beginning of the new mandate: ECTT President-Dr. Anton Caragea and Cuban Ambassador Roberto César Hamilton MAGAÑA.
President Dr. Anton Caragea express his amicable fillings and friendly interest towards the recent evolution`s in Cuba, that are consolidating Cuba`s economic development, open society and are creating a sense of perfect unity between the people of Cuba and the government. Cuba`s revolutionary transition under Commander Raul Castro supervision and President Miguel Díaz-Canel guidance and leadership is witnessed with sympathy and interest in Europe, emphasized Professor Dr. Anton Caragea.
H.E. Ambassador Roberto César Hamilton MAGAÑA expressed his gratitude for the good wishes related to his new mandate and presented the latest achievements in bilateral relations :developing cultural relations and building new bridges of understanding between world tourism institution-ECTT and Cuba.
The parties had appreciated that between European Council on Tourism and Trade and Cuba there are large area of common interests , designed to forge a good understanding and a long-term cooperation.
Marking the opportunity Professor Dr. Anton Caragea stress the significance for the new Ambassador: Roberto César Hamilton MAGAÑA, to place accent on the cooperation in the fields of hospitality and tourism promotion, taking full advantage of the support of the Presidency of the European Council on Tourism and Trade, a unique occasion to foster Cuban tourism potential and international image across the continent.
Europe and Cuba can foster an impressive cultural and touristic cooperation pressed Professor Dr. Anton Caragea.
The dialogue had continued on concrete aspects and analyses of economic, political and cultural bilateral relations and on ways of fostering this dialogue on to the future .
In the end of the discussion the official candidature of Cuba for WORLD TOURISM DESTINATION AWARD was accepted and dully registered, being the last candidature accepted for 2018/2019 tourism year.
Professor Dr. Anton Caragea, President of European Council on Tourism and Trade has wished full success for the country international recognition and encouraged the ambassador to continue his diplomatic presentation tour with a meeting with European Tourism Academy leadership in order to foster tourism and the better understanding of Cuba in the world.
The global tourism institutions of European Council on Tourism and Trade and European Tourism Academy will continue to assist and foster this climate of confidence and flurry of developmental activities that made the country a WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION and now the world sixth economy.
Academician Mircea CONSTANTINESCU: EUROPEAN TOURISM ACADEMY leader pledges continuous support for Cambodia`s development and international standing.
The Kingdom of Cambodia has many reasons to celebrate as the World Bank has just ranked the country as the world`s sixth economy as growth rate in 2018 topping many other nations and established investment destinations.
The main reason for World Bank rating was the country incredible tourism developments in the last years starting with the Kingdom being selected as WORLD`S BEST TOURIST DESTINATION, a moved that brought a supplementary 1 million tourists in 2016/2017 and the capital Phnom Penh being selected as WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM another landmark achievement that brought a new 1,5 million tourists to the Asian Kingdom.
These successes had brought about and a flash flood of investments with more than 3 billion USD poured into the country tourism sector since Cambodia acquired the WORLD`S BET TOURIST DESTINATION status.
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After Phnom Penh was selected WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM, the American giant Marriott announced it will open a Courtyard Hotel by Marriott slated to open its doors in 2018 with a total of 189 rooms, all-day dining, a dynamic lobby cafe, and a sky bar.
Recently in the wake of Phnom Penh being announced as WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM, David Udell, Hyatt Hotels’ Group President-Asia Pacific, said: “As Phnom Penh becomes known as a destination for art, culture, tourism and business, we are confident that the globally recognized Hyatt Regency brand will resonate with business and leisure travelers visiting the country”.
As a result, Hyatt Regency Phnom Penh, the new announced investment in WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM will have 250 rooms, restaurants, a rooftop swimming pool and bar, as well as a convention center.
Finally, the high-end Rosewood Hotel is scheduled to open in 2018. It will be a deluxe property with 175 rooms and suites.
Now the designation of the country as the 6th economy in the world in terms of opportunities, investment climate and growth will mark the nation as a hot spot for future investment in tourism and culture related sectors, stated European Council on Tourism and Trade President Professor Dr. Anton Caragea.
These sectors will continue to boom, attracted by the country political stability, pro-business climate enacted by the Academician Hun Sen, the Kingdom Prime Minister and high honesty and probity of his government remarked also President Dr. Anton Caragea.
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Phnom Penh-the new WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM.
Academician Mircea Constantinescu, European Tourism Academy Director mentioned also: these accomplishments are the direct result of the supervision of the GLOBAL AMBASSADOR FOR TOURISM AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS- Prime Minister HUN SEN and are proving our righteousness in proposing his policies as a world model.
Le président du Conseil Européen du Tourisme et du Commerce, le Professeur Dr. Anton Caragea, a tenu une réunion officielle avec le Premier ministre de Djibouti, M. Abdoulkader Kamil Mohamed, au Palais du Premier ministre dans le Djibouti-ville.
Las délégation européennes dirigées par le président de la CETC, le Dr. Anton Caragea, rencontrent le Premier ministre de Djibouti Abdoulkader Kamil Mohamed et son gouvernement.
Le dialogue entre les deux dirigeants s’est concentré sur les réalisations qui ont permis de inscrire Djibouti comme LA CAPITALE MONDIALE DE LA CULTURE ET DU TOURISME et de méthodes du promouvoir l’image du pays, de promouvoir les échanges culturels et économiques et de renforcer la coopération institutionnelle entre Djibouti et les institutions touristiques et culturelles globale.
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Au cours des discussions, le Président Dr. Anton Caragea a fait une présentation sur les accords établis lors de sa visite: le soutien à la candidature de S.E. Le Président Ismail Omar Guelleh en tant qu’Ambassadeur Mondial du Tourisme et des ODD, la coopération parlementaire pour les objectifs de développement durable-ODD, le tourisme et le cadre de coopération culturelle établi avec les ministères de la Culture et le ministère des Affaires étrangères.
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Concluant la réunion et en exécutant les instructions du Président Ismail Omar Guelleh, H.E. Abdoulkader Kamil Mohamed, Premier Ministre de Djibouti avait officiellement confié au Président Dr Anton Caragea l’ORDRE NATIONAL DU 27 JUIN au plus haut rang.
La reconnaissance vient en accomplissement des réalisations du Président Dr. Anton Caragea dans le développement d’une diplomatie du XXIème siècle, dans la promotion de la démocratie et de la liberté et dans la défense de la paix sur la scène mondiale a déclaré Abdoulkader Kamil Mohamed Premier Ministre de Djibouti.
La cérémonie de décoration a eu lieu en présence du gouverneur de Djibouti, des membres du parlement et de la présidence et a été diffusée en direct.
Le ministre de la Culture, Moumin Hassan Barreh, le ministre délégué au Commerce et au Tourisme, Hassan Houmed Ibrahim, le secrétaire général de la présidence, Mohamed Abdillahi Waïs, le chef de cabinet de la présidence, Mohamed Abdoulkader Ibrahim, ont participé au dialogue de haut niveau. , le Directeur Général de l’Office National du Tourisme, Osman Abdi Mohamed, et les délégués de haut niveau du Conseil Européen du Tourisme et du Commerce (M. Pavel Avramoiu-Directeur de l’Hospitalité, Mihai Prundianu -Président du Commerce, Académicien Mircea Constantinescu-Directeur de l’Académie Européenne, M. Jacob Fonea – Directeur des investissements étrangers à la CETC).
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The worldwide community of museums is to celebrate International Museum Day on and around 18 May 2018.
In order to better mark this international day, the global tourism and cultural institution: European Council on Tourism and Trade decided to award the title of World`s Favorite Museum to The National Museum of Cambodia.
Cambodia succeeds one more time to shine on world cultural stage as the National Museum based in Phnom Penh gets on the list of World`s Favorite Museums.
National Museum of Cambodia is named for the second year as World`s Favourite Museum.
With over 1 million visitors per year and over 14.000 objects and artifacts, the museum takes a leading role in the world of culture and has received a host of world dignitaries in the last years when the Museum has become a symbol of Cambodia’s recent renaissance and a tourism center after the country was named WORLD`S BEST TOURIST DESTINATION.
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The history of the National Museum of Cambodia goes back to the early 20th century.
It was inaugurated on 13 April 1920, under the patronage of King Sisowath and is home to one of the world’s greatest collections of Khmer cultural artifacts including sculpture, ceramics and ethnographic objects from the prehistoric, pre-Angkorian, Angkorian and post-Angkorian periods.
King Sisowath statue adorns the center of Phnom Penh.
He was the creator of National Museum of Cambodia.
The Museum promotes awareness, understanding and appreciation of Cambodia‘s heritage through the presentation, conservation, safekeeping, interpretation and acquisition of Cambodian cultural material.
It aims to educate and inspire its visitors with a humongous collection of huge Buddhas, Vishnu`s, and Shiva’s, cryptic and poetic inscription fragments, intimidating weaponry, and elegant vases.
The museum carries a remarkably thorough vision of Cambodia’s art, from the pre-history to the post-Angkor periods.
Angkor period statues: the main highlight of the National Museum of Cambodia.
Not only the large art collections or the valuable patrimony had made the museum to top the list of world`s museums, but also the educational trail offered to visitors was taken into consideration as is offering the opportunity to delve into history, to be affordable and effortless and helping visitors to understand, contemplate and relax at the same time.
The Kingdom of Cambodia is hosting a plethora of significant museums like: SIEM REAP based Angkor National Museum, the incredible SAMBOR PREI KUKarchaeological site and the more recent addition to the cultural landscape of the Kingdom: PREY NOKOR KNUNG, a generous religious and historical cultural center dedicated to SDECH KHAN, one of the most famous rulers of Cambodia.
On May 20, 2018, on the function of INTERNATIONAL MUSEUM DAY, President of European Council on Tourism and Trade, Professor Dr. Anton Caragea will present the global role and significance of the NATIONAL MUSEUM OF CAMBODIA and will officially recognized the cultural establishment as a WORLD`S FAVORITE MUSEUM for his priceless artifacts and outstanding contribution to the human civilization understanding.
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The objective of International Museum Day is to raise awareness of the fact that, “Museums are an important means of cultural exchange, enrichment of cultures and development of mutual understanding, cooperation and peace among peoples.” Organised on and around 18 May each year, the events and activities planned to celebrate International Museum Day can last a day, a weekend or a whole week.
Participation in International Museum Day is growing among museums all over the world. In 2017, more than 36,000 museums participated in the event in some 157 countries.
A l’occasion de la proclamation de Djibouti comme la nouvelle CAPITALE MONDIALE DE LA CULTURE ET DU TOURISME, S.E. Président Ismail Omar Guelleh a pris la tribune pour annoncer la nouvelle stratégie touristique du pays, proclamer le tourisme comme pilier du développement économique national et exprimer sa gratitude au Président Dr. Anton Caragea pour son soutien dans l’inscription du patrimoine culturel et naturel djiboutien sur la liste des CAPITALES MONDIALES DE LA CULTURE ET DU TOURISME.
C’est une reconnaissance qui se va préserver pour des siècle au profit de tous les habitants de Djibouti a remarqué le président.
DJIBOUTI: LA CAPITALE DE CULTURE ET TOURISME
S.E. PRESIDENT ISMAIL OMAR GUELLEH
Allocution du Président de la République lors de la cérémonie de remise de distinction, Djibouti capitale mondiale du tourisme et de la culture.
C’est avec beaucoup de joie et beaucoup de fierté que j’accueille cette distinction.
A travers moi, c’est Djibouti tout en entier et sa population que vous venez d’honorer. Je tiens donc tout d’abord Monsieur Le Président, Professuer Dr. Anton Caragea, au nom du peuple Djiboutien, à vous remercier personnellement aussi bien que l’académie que vous dirigez pour cette marque de confiance et d’estime que vous nous témoignez.
Cette distinction Monsieur Le Président, aussi méritoire qu’elle soit, nous la prenons ni comme une consécration, ni comme une récompense. Mais comme un encouragement. Un encouragement à persévérer sur la voie que nous nous sommes tracée dans le développement du tourisme.
C’est toujours gratifiant de se voir soutenu dans ses efforts, surtout par une institution comme la votre qui a toujours défendu une vision du tourisme et de la culture centrée sur l’humain.
Mesdames et messieurs
Il y a différentes façons de définir et de percevoir Djibouti et son peuple.
Certains parlent de nous comme d’un caillou au milieu du désert.
D’autres, sans doute nostalgiques d’une époque coloniale pourtant révolue, nous réduisent à une pancarte sur laquelle est écrite « Territoire des Afars et des Issas ».
Les plus innovants nous identifient à une base géostratégique pour les puissances militaires.
Mais heureusement pour nous, Mesdames et messieurs, il se trouve encore beaucoup de personnes de par le monde qui ne nous réduisent pas à ces clichés et à ces étiquettes anachroniques.
Pour nous et pour tous ces citoyens du Monde qui ont eu l’occasion de séjourner dans notre pays, Djibouti, c’est cette terre de rencontres et d’échanges aux confluents de toutes les routes, maritimes, terrestres et aériennes.
Pour nous et pour tous ces citoyens du Monde, Djibouti c’est une histoire et même une préhistoire que la géologie, la géographie et l’archéologie ne cessent de raconter à travers les temps et les âges.
Ceux qui se sont émerveillés devant la beauté primitive du Lac Abbé, ceux qui ont accompagné une caravane sur la banquise du Lac Assal, ceux là ont le ressenti de ce qu’est Djibouti.
Et c’est sans doute parce qu’ils ont ressenti cette magie d’un espace envoutant que Tazief et Rimbaud ont parlé en leur temps « d’un livre de géologie à ciel ouvert » et « d’un paysage lunaire ».
Monsieur le Président, mesdames et messieurs
Nous nous réjouissons donc aujourd’hui de cette reconnaissance internationale de notre pays comme « Capitale mondiale de la Culture et du Tourisme ».
Notre pays renferme des sites qui valent bien des détours. J’ai cité tout à l’heure le Lac Assal et le Lac Abbé, mais j’aurai pu citer les fresques préhistoriques d’Abourma ou encore la forêt primaire du Day.
Je pourrais citer aussi l’extraordinaire biodiversité de notre flore et de notre faune qui comprend des espèces endémiques comme le Francolin de Djibouti ou la gazelle Beira.
Je pourrais également mentionner l’extraordinaire richesse culturelle de nos communautés. Ces nomades enracinés dans leurs territoires. Mais aussi ces citoyens qui sont les fruits d’un melting-pot historique, et qui fait de Djibouti un havre de tolérance et du vivre-ensemble.
Monsieur le Président, mesdames et messieurs,
Dans notre stratégie de développement de notre pays, nous sommes très sensibles au bienfait du tourisme, à son impact sur la croissance, à son rôle dans la lutte contre la pauvreté. En une décennie et grâce à tous les efforts engagés pour augmenter son attractivité, notre pays a plus que quadruplé la proportion des touristes.
Naturellement, le Gouvernement encourage cette dynamique créatrice d’emplois pour nos jeunes et génératrice de devises pour notre économie. A tel point que nous n’avons pas hésité à ériger l’industrie touristique comme un des piliers économiques de la vision 2035.
Dans la compétition mondiale effrénée qui anime le secteur du tourisme, nous voulons rester lucides pour éviter de tomber dans certains écueils. Nous ne voulons pas sacrifier au tout-tourisme des territoires et des écosystèmes que nous savons fragiles.
Nous ne souhaitons pas bâtir ce secteur encore bourgeonnant sur un modèle économique qui pille et torpille l’équilibre écologique des territoires et des populations.
Face aux promesses court-termistes et consuméristes d’une industrie touristique qui souvent dégrade, pollue et détruit, nous voulons sortir du piège manichéen du tout-tourisme ou son contraire, pour une solution responsable qui intègre l’industrie touristique dans un schéma de développement durable.
Djibouti a fait le choix d’un tourisme de niche, qui met en relation les individus, les cultures et les civilisations.
Le choix d’un tourisme qui a un rôle important à jouer dans le dialogue des cultures et dans le vivre ensemble. Le choix de l’équilibre entre nos objectifs de développement et l’indispensable protection de nos patrimoines sociaux, culturels et environnementaux.
C’est un choix difficile dont les dividendes, bien que prometteuses, sont pour l’heure encore maigres. Mais un choix que mon pays assume par devoir d’équité et de justice vis-à-vis des générations futures de notre pays.
On the occasion of the proclamation of Djibouti as the new WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM, H.E. President Ismail Omar Guelleh has took the rostrum to announce the country new tourism strategy, to proclaim tourism as a pillar of the national economic development and to express his gratitude to President Professor Dr. Anton Caragea for his support in the inscribing Djibouti cultural and natural patrimony on the list of WORLD`S CAPITALS OF CULTURE AND TOURISM. This is a recognition that will endure for ages for the benefit of all people of Djibouti remarked the President.
WORD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM
OFFICIAL DECLARATION OF
H.E. ACADEMICIAN ISMAIL OMAR GUELLEH
PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF DJIBOUTI
It is with great joy and pride that I welcome this high distinction.
Through me, it is Djibouti and its population that you justly honor.
Therefore, first of all, Mr. President-Professor Dr. Anton Caragea, on behalf of the people of Djibouti, I thank you personally as well as the academy that you are leading for this mark of trust and esteem that you show us.
This distinction, Mr. President, as meritorious as it may be, we take it neither as a consecration nor as a reward.
But as an encouragement.
An encouragement to persevere on the path that we have traced in the development of tourism.
It is always rewarding to be supported in its efforts, especially by an institution like yours that has always defended a vision of tourism and culture centered on the human.
Ladies and gentlemen,
There are different ways to define and perceive Djibouti and its people.
Some speak of us as a pebble in the middle of the desert.
Others, no doubt nostalgic of a colonial era yet gone, we reduce to a sign on which is written “Territory of the Afars and Issas”.
The most innovative ones identify us with a geostrategic basis for the military powers.
But fortunately for us, ladies and gentlemen, there are still many people around the world who do not reduce us to these anachronistic clichés and labels.
For us and for all those citizens of the world who have had the opportunity to stay in our country, Djibouti, it is this land of meetings and exchanges at the confluence of all roads: maritime, land and air.
For us and for all these citizens of the world, Djibouti is a story and even a prehistory that geology, geography and archeology keep telling through times and ages.
Those who marveled at the pristine beauty of the Lac Abbé, those who accompanied a caravan on the salt shores of Lake Assal, those are having the feeling of what is Djibouti.
It is probably because they felt the magic of a captivating space that Tazief and Rimbaud spoke in their time of “a book of open geology” and “a lunar landscape”.
Mr. President, ladies and gentlemen,
We are therefore looking forward today to this international recognition of our country as “World Capital of Culture and Tourism”.
Our country contains sites that are well worth detours.
I mentioned Lake Assal and Lac Abbé earlier, but I could have mentioned the prehistoric frescoes of Abourma or the primary Foret du Day.
I could also mention the extraordinary biodiversity of our flora and fauna which includes endemic species such as Djibouti Francolin or Beira gazelle.
I could also mention the extraordinary cultural richness of our communities.
These nomads rooted in their territories.
But also these citizens who are the fruits of a historic melting pot, and which makes Djibouti a haven of tolerance and living together.
Mr. President, ladies and gentlemen,
In our development strategy for our country, we are very aware to the benefits of tourism, its impact on growth, and its role in the fight against poverty.
In a decade and thanks to all the efforts made to increase its attractiveness, our country has more than quadrupled the proportion of tourists.
Naturally, the Government is encouraging this job-creating dynamic for our youth and generating foreign currency for our economy.
So much so that we have not hesitated to build the tourism industry as one of the economic pillars of the 2035 vision.
In the frenzied global competition that drives the tourism sector, we want to remain lucid to avoid falling into certain pitfalls.
We do not want to sacrifice to mass-tourism territories and ecosystems that we know as fragile.
We do not want to build this still burgeoning sector on an economic model that plunders and torpedoes the ecological balance of territories and populations.
Faced with the short-term and consumerist promises of a tourism industry that often degrades, pollutes and destroys, we want to get out of the Manichean trap of all-tourism or its opposite, for a responsible solution that integrates the tourism industry into a development plan sustainable.
Djibouti has chosen a niche tourism that connects individuals, cultures and
The choice of a tourism that has an important role to play in the dialogue of cultures and in living together.
The choice of balance between our development objectives and the indispensable protection of our social, cultural and environmental heritage.
It is a difficult choice whose dividends, although promising, are still meager.
But a choice that my country assumes for the sake of fairness and justice for future generations of our country.
PRESIDENT OF EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND TRADE
Your Excellency Academician Ismail Omar Guelleh, President of Republic of Djibouti
Your Excellency Mr. Abdoulkader Kamil Mohamed, Prime Minister of Republic of Djibouti
Your Excellency, Mr. Mahmoud Ali Youssef, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Republic of Djibouti
Esteemed members of Government of Djibouti, members of Parliament of Djibouti, distinguished member’s diplomatic corps
All protocol observed,
Official ceremony for DJIBOUTI registered as WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM(l-r) Mr. Mihai Prundianu (ECTT), President Professor Dr. Anton Caragea(ECTT), President Academician Ismail Omar Guelleh of Djibouti, Academician Mircea Constantinescu (ECTT), Mr. Pavel Avramoiu (ECTT)
It is today a historic moment for global tourism and for Africa, as we have come here to mark the recognition of DJIBOUTI as a member of WORLD`S CAPITALS OF CULTURE AND TOURISM list.
Djibouti becomes the first city in Africa to be recognized by the global tourism institutions as a center for tourism, an example for culture and a model for development in XXI century.
Since his inception WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM program was build around the decision taken by global tourism institutions: EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND TRADE and EUROPEAN TOURISM ACADEMY to offer to the world examples of tourism development that are harmonious and are protecting historical potential and natural patrimony and are offering opportunities for growth for all.
WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM it is today a part of the AGENDA FOR HUMANITY and universally recognized as an ambitious effort destined to establish a world list of cities and regions that are encompassing the legacy of humanity, that are harboring traditions and costumes unique or hosting natural treasures considered to be of outstanding and universal value.
H.E. Professor Dr. Anton Caragea-European Council on Tourism and Trade President.
Today there is no other global effort with the magnitude and scope of THE WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM program.
To date this is now a part of the Sustainable Development Goals Agenda, integral part of Parliamentary Assembly for the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goals actions and part and parcel of the global efforts destined to eradicate inequalities, ensure growth, develop education and cultural opportunities for all and supporting investment and development and integration policies where there are more needed.
On this note I must salute the exertions of the administration lead by Academician Ismail Omar Guelleh, President of The Republic of Djibouti and his commitment to fulfilling the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development Goals of United Nations and for ensuring that DJIBOUTI it is and continues to be a placed for development, creativity, encouragement of free enterprise and initiative and inclusiveness for all who come to this beautiful capital city.
H.E. Academician Ismail Omar Guelleh, President of The Republic of Djibouti hailed as a world leader in development.
I also must express my gratitude to the efficient and wise team of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Djibouti Mr. Mahmoud Ali Youssef energetically represented by the Embassy in Paris Ayed Mousseid Yahya they had created the powerful diplomatic and tourism promotion exertions that led to this moment when we crown Djibouti as WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM.
They had proven their dedication to the proud people of Djibouti and their commitment to the policies and vision of H.E. Academician Ismail Omar Guelleh, President of The Republic of Djibouti.
We have now to answer the fundamental question: Why is DJIBOUTI consecrated today as WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM?
What are travelers, visitors and mere passersby going to find here?
What is the legacy pertaining to humanity ascribable to the people of Djibouti?
First of all Djibouti is the most impressive place on the world to watch the creation of the planet earth.
Since the beginning of humanity people where attracted and interested to find the access point, the door that leads to unleashing the secrets of the creation of Earth.
Djibouti undoubtedly holds this key: here geology and nature had created the open air museum of the creation of the world: from unfinished volcanoes around Abbe Lake and the incredible structures of East African Rift visible around Lake Assal.
If you want to understand how our planet was created, is functioning and is evolving after millions of years you have to come to Djibouti: where the world was created.
The famous French geologist Haroun Tazieff, had here, in Djibouti, the honor of discovering the world newest volcano: Ardoukôba reactivated after a 3.000 years sleep.
Djibouti: land of exception and country of exceptional, the only place where we can witness the geological history of our planet.
Only for this incredible potential of a country that is standing as witness to our planet birth and destiny and by virtue of this alone Djibouti will well deserve the title of world capital.
Djibouti is on equal footing a place of destiny and a receptacle of culture, a unique place that carves destinies like no other.
I will recollect the adventures and poetic influence that Djibouti held over Arthur Rimbaud who decided that all that is having significance in life is to wander between the Red Sea, Tadjourah, Djibouti, Lake Assal in a mystical journey for which he sacrificed family, poetic glory and all his prospects.
All of life glory just for a breath of Djibouti air.
It was not the only one: Henry de Monfreid has made his fortune and his literary name on the marvelous rocks of Obock, on the shores of Djibouti.
The spell and sway cam about personalities like: Albert Londres, Ryszard Kapuscinski, Hugo Pratt and many others.
What does have Djibouti so magic, so powerful, so un-equal that attracts to his sandy shores poets, adventurers, painters, novelists and all mans who have a soul and a passion and soles of wind?
It is the magical door to the creation of the Earth?
It the incredible power of the desert?
It is the clarion call of the caravans that are making everybody to want to come to Djibouti, to share this city fame, glory and all-powerful sun?
Djibouti is not only the portal to world creation as Haroun Tazieff was seeing it, nor the mystery place where life is finding his meaning as Rimbaud claim it or simply the only place on the planet to call home as Henry de Monfreid consider it.
Djibouti is foremost a world example of cohabitation, of peaceful harmony of peoples and languages, all creating a perfect home, an abode where everybody is building and uniting costumes, traditions and legacies.
Where if not in Djibouti you can see in the same city the rich cultural landscape the beautiful mosque Hamoudi , the crowded markets of Menelik Square or African quarter, churches, coffee, hides and tobacco?
All united in a perfect melting pot that speaks of faith, history, rich traditions and patrimony.
Djibouti it is also all about water in the same proportions as is all about desert.
No wonder Djibouti was placed to stay guard to the Red Sea and Bab El Mandeb as here everything is valued in water: water of the tears of happiness for travelers who reached Djibouti after perilous journeys, of sweat from the caravans coming from far and wide, even the decision of Leonce Lagarde to build a city on Ras al Djibouti was taken pondering the wealth of water of the region.
The first President of Djibouti, Hassan Gouled Aptidon explain most clearly this unique role of melting pot of culture and costumes of Djibouti at the crossroads of the world.
Djibouti is that unique place, he said, where we met the creeds of the peoples of herds and milk and those of the peoples of grain and grapes.
Here is the place where the traveler can meet, in the same space of time and place, the creations specific to the nomadic civilization and to the urban and settlers way of life.
If the political figure penned such a clear vision of Djibouti as the place of communion of different cultures and garbs and creeds the poet has also a similar vision: Djibouti is not at the shores of the ocean, it is at the fringes of the desert. This is the secret of his sweet magnet: the city is build by the sea but his people are belonging to the desert.
What other place on this planet can boost being the place where man`s of sand and land are living in a city of water and salt.
Djibouti is this unique spot: a place of magic!
The magic of the beginning of Earth`s history, the geological miracle of the gates of Earth opening and a place where volcanoes are resurrected after 3000 years sleep.
Djibouti is the magic of poets and dreamers that where touched by the aura of this place and in turn they give Djibouti a name in the cultural history of the world.
The magic of men`s who created here kingdoms, built mosques and carved out cities that lasted for hundreds of years.
The magic of nature: the all-powerful desert, the lowest place on African continent: Lake Assal, the still creating miracle of earth creation along the shores of Lake Abbe, the place where whales are coming to give the miracle of life and birth.
In a way maybe this is the magic of Djibouti: is the place where always life is finding a way, is recreating and creating for millions of years.
We could highlight the wonders of Tadjoura, the famed city of the seven mosques, the fabled places of Obock, end of the road of coffee and start of the journeys on sea for hundreds of years or the perfect place that Djibouti city is offering for visitors: melting pot, center of cultures, traditions or creeds coming together to build a model, to build a WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM.
All these are world treasures of cultural and historical value and significance that are part of the miracle that is Djibouti: WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM.
We hope and trust that the inscription of Djibouti on the list of WORLD CAPITALS OF CULTURE AND TOURISM together with the continuous exertions of the government of President Ismail Omar Gulleh will make the city not only the center of tourism, of culture but a place where the future and past are intertwined together.
Your Excellency Academician Ismail Omar Guelleh, President of Republic of Djibouti
It is my privilege to handover to Your Excellency, as the highest representative leader of people and tourism of REPUBLIC OF DJIBOUTI the award and regalia’s for DJIBOUTI – THE WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM.