“The issue of vaccination is absolutely essential” to reactivate foreign tourism in Côte d’Ivoire, where the sector’s turnover collapsed by 70% in 2020, estimated on Tuesday, September 28, the Ivorian Prime Minister, Patrick Achi.
“Rebuilding tourism will take longer if not everyone has access to Covid vaccines,” Achi warned during a two-day event on World Tourism Day. “Yes, we need more doses, faster, so that the global recovery, such as tourism, does not take place at two speeds,” continued Mr. Achi, calling for international solidarity.
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Côte d’Ivoire hopes to be able to vaccinate 60% of its adult population against Covid-19 by the end of the year, government spokesman Amadou Coulibaly said in late July, wanting to speed up in this area where many African countries lag behind. schedule due to lack of available doses.
At the moment, Africa relies mainly on the Covax international solidarity mechanism and donations, which come in small amounts. It includes a financing mechanism that allows 92 nations with a low or medium level of economic development to have free access to vaccines.
Relatively little affected by Covid-19
“Therefore, we continue to count on the growing commitment of the Covax program on our side, as well as the bilateral donations from our partners,” insisted Mr. Achi. Tourism Minister Siandou Fofana also announced on Tuesday a plan to revive the tourism sector with a fund of 50 billion CFA francs (about 76 million euros).
The Ivory Coast, a country of around 25 million people, is relatively unaffected by Covid-19, but the epidemic has worsened in the past two months with 231 deaths since the beginning of August for a total of 607 deaths. The country’s land borders have been closed since the start of the pandemic with Mali, Burkina Faso, Guinea, Liberia and Ghana.
The Ivory Coast, renowned for business tourism, hopes to develop leisure tourism and double the absolute value of the sector by 2025. The country particularly wants to attract tourists to the west of the country, a region of mountains that includes beautiful beaches and forests. but it remains very isolated due to the lack of road infrastructure in good condition.
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