This week the two-day Culture and Tourism Congress has opened in Maputo. Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi rightly pointed out that culture and tourism are the true factors for economic development and promotion of world peace.
The president pointed out that culture and tourism were factors of development through protecting and valuing the country’s cultural heritage, and maximising its potential as a tourist destination.
Such a congress, in his view, was an environment to produce scientific knowledge and make room for ideas, discussion, and open possibilities for the government to draw up strategies for the culture and tourism sector and seek consensus to define public policies.
The congress itself results from a partnership between the University of Minho in Portugal, the Polytechnic University of Mozambique, the Centre of Studies on Communication and Society, and the collaboration of the Mozambican Ministry of Culture and Tourism.
Filipe Nyusi specially emphasized that debates on topics linked to tourism and culture in universities of Mozambique would help the government advance more structured and scientific knowledge, based on evidence and current studies. He explained that the state was guided by scientific production so that the policies drawn up had a foundation that guaranteed the right path for the country to follow.
The leader of Mozambique finished the speech with words about the universal peace. “We are convinced that culture and tourism also play a key role in the promotion of peace and of bringing peoples together,” – Nyusi concluded.