Dr. Memunatu Pratt, Minister of Tourism and Cultural Affairs has been appointed by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) as Global Chairperson for Women in Tourism.
The Minister’s appointment to chair the global platform for women in tourism came in recognition of her dedication, commitment, and development strides geared towards the improvement of tourism, especially in Sierra Leone.
As a specialized UN agency in the field of tourism, UNWTO is committed to enhancing the positive impact of tourism development on women’s lives and, in so doing, contributing to the development of the fifth sustainable development goal, “achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls”.
It could be recalled that since her appointment as Minister of Tourism and Cultural Affairs by President Julius Maada Bio in 2018, Dr. Memunatu Pratt has positioned the sector both locally and internationally by implementing programs aimed at increasing domestic tourism, marketing the destination, and attending international tourism trade fairs.
The Ministry, under her watch, has gained the support and confidence of donor partners, UNDP, EIF, and the World Bank who have been very instrumental in the implementation of the activities of the Ministry and its agencies.
Dr. Pratt’s appointment as the global chairperson for women in tourism by UNWTO will add to the plethora of local and international accolades she has received for her outstanding performance in tourism and women empowerment.