World Tourism Organisation : Bill Proposes Statutes Amendments
The amendments amongst other things relate to the organic framework, financing rules, depositary, official and interpretation of languages.
Bill No 1057/PJL/AN to authorise the President of the Republic to ratify the amendments to the statutes of the World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), adopted since its establishment in Mexico on September 27, 1970 has been tabled in Parliament for consideration. Explanatory notes of the bill indicate that the amendments in general govern UNWTO membership, the composition of the General Assembly and the Executive Council, as well as the terms of office of members of the said Council. The amendments concern the UNWTO organic framework relating to the Statutes, depositary, official and interpretation of languages, and financing rules. Other amendments concern the appointment of the Secretary-General, the designation and mechanism for information of the depository, which is the Spanish government.
Minister of State, Minister of Tourism and Leisure defended the bill on November 14, 2019 before the Foreign Affairs Committee of the National Assembly, stating the amendments had been adopted at various general assembly sessions of the organisation.
The ratification of these amendments falls within the framework of national policy trends in terms of promoting and developing tourism. Its ratification further seeks to strengthen multilateral cooperation between Cameroon and UNWTO, with a view to effectively contributing towards achieving growth and poverty reduction goals. UNWTO recognizes six official and interpretation languages which are Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish.