The Minister of Trade, Industry, and East African Affairs, Francois Kanimba, has appealed to the youth to take a tough stance towards conserving biodiversity to enable Rwandans sustainably benefit from the opportunities and wealth presented by natural resources.
The Minister made the appeal over the weekend during the official opening of two-day conservation activities in honour of the 13th Kwita Izina that include Conservation and Tourism exhibition at Kigali Conference and Exhibition Village.
The exhibition, held for the second time, was aimed at showcasing Rwanda’s achievements in conservation interventions and tourism related products and services.
It is also meant to serve as a trading platform for B2B and other networking opportunities specifically for tourism operations. It attracted youth, as well as other official from Ugandan, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Kenya and Ethiopia among other countries
It is among the preliminary activities taking place before Kwita Izina scheduled for 1st September 2017 in Musanze district.
Kanimba said that the government of Rwanda allocates resources for conservation and called upon everyone to play a role in making conservation a success.
He said; “This activity organized before Kwita Izina helps partners in Rwanda and the region to meet in one place and show their activities. It enables them to exchange ideas, experiences, best practices and the best way forward. ”
Kanimba noted that the development of tourism must base on caring for the basic foundational infrastructures.
"During this Show, we have received different people including the person who constructed a boat which can be used on lake Kivu, we have examples of the former poachers, who have subsequently formed a cooperative society to become bee farmers and other jobs.”
The Ethiopian Minister of culture and tourism, Dr. Hirut Weldemariam told IGIHE that they have participated in the show to learn from Rwanda’s development in the sector of Tourism.
She said; “I Participated in this show as a way of increasing my knowledge, regarding the way Rwanda conserves biodiversity and its beauty in order to attract many tourists while developing the society in general.”