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Nigeria, Kenya to boost tourism ties

Posted on Jun 08 2014 | IANS

Abuja, June 8 : Nigeria is working with the Kenyan government over developing a framework to boost its tourism sector in the next 12 months, an official said.

Nigerian Minister of Culture, Tourism and National Orientation Edem Duke spoke on the sideline of an event to celebrate the launch of the air route operated by Kenya Airways from Abuja to Nairobi, Xinhua reported.

The minister emphasised the need to develop the tourism sector in line with the Nigerian government's transformation agenda and added that the partnership with Kenya would ensure increased value in trade relations.

"Kenya is the benchmark in terms of African tourism; Nigeria is the benchmark in terms of oil and gas. Kenya has just discovered oil, Nigeria is helping to develop it," Duke said.

According to the official, an implementation committee comprising officials of both countries has been set up to work out details of the framework which will be submitted for ratification and execution upon completion.

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