PRESIDENT ISMAIL OMAR GUELLEH ON DJIBOUTI WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM


WORD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM
DJIBOUTI 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 distinction. 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 Abbe earlier, but I could have mentioned the prehistoric
frescoes of Abourma or the primary forest of 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 sensitive 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 all-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 civilizations. 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 heritages.
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
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