Namibia generated N.dollars 196 million from hosting of two international conferences

WINDHOEK: Namibia generated about N.dollars 196 million from the hosting of two international conferences which provided thousands of temporary jobs to unemployed people in 2013.

Namibia hosted the 11th Conference of Parties (COP 11) of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) from 16 to 27 September 2013 in the capital, while the 10th Adventure Travel World Summit (ATWS) took place in Swakopmund from 26 to 31 October 2013.

In his budget speech delivered in Parliament yesterday, the Minister of Environment and Tourism Uahekua Herunga said international conferencing can be important to Namibia’s tourism product, and can increase the contribution of the tourism sector to the national economy.

He said the COP 11 was hailed internationally as an outstanding logistical and technical success.

As the president of the UNCCD conference of the parties until 2015, Namibia is now at the forefront of the global agenda on issues of desertification and drought through the implementation of the 41 decisions adopted during the conference.

According to Herunga, an estimated N.dollars 140 million was contributed to the economy during COP 11, while 1 150 temporary jobs were created and 35 local companies provided services during that period.