PROFESSOR DR. ANTON CARAGEA SPEECH IN FAVOR OF ZIMBABWE-WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION FOR 2014

May 9, 2014

On the occasion of the General Assembly of the European Council on Tourism and Trade, H.E. Professor Dr. Anton Caragea held a key note speech analyzing the efforts of Lao PDR, former receiver of WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION AWARD FOR 2014 and praising ZIMBABWE the new receiver of the world most important touristic distinction:  WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION.

President Anton Caragea declares Zimbabwe as winner of World Best Tourist Destination Award fro 2014

The full presentation of the speeches and activities held on this occasion can be read here:

Professor Dr. Mircea Constantinescu, Director of European Tourism Academy presented a report on the 2013 Award for the WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION to the People’s Democratic Republic of Laos. He stated that the

Republic of Laos had leveraged the award in accordance with rules and regulations, which proved useful for attracting new tourists and investors.

In 2013, Laos PDR recorded the highest increase in the number of incoming tourists in the world with a staggering 8% increase during the 2013/2014, despite the world economic crisis.

An increase in investment, in the country’s tourism potential and the number of foreign visitors were the positive outcomes of the WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION AWARD for Lao PDR, concluded Professor Dr. Mircea Constantinescu.

Professor Dr. Anton Caragea also praised the outstanding commitment and achievements of Laos tourism in 2013. Laos PDR also boosted its international presence, with European companies and tour operators that advertised sites and trips to Laos PDR increasing from 1.500 to 3.200 in less than a year.

On internet, the number of pages promoting Laos biodiversity and tourism facilities increased from 20 million to more than 50 million, an unrivalled increase in the recent history of tourism marketing on internet.

The 8% growth of the tourism industry, during these times of worldwide economic recession, is also unmatched by any other country, said ECTT President-Professor Dr.Anton Caragea.

On the debate for the WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION AWARD FOR 2014, Professor Dr. Anton Caragea, President of European Council on Tourism and Trade (ECTT) presented a report titled: ZIMBABWE: THE PERFECT AFRICAN DESTINATION; A SEVEN-WONDER DESTINATION IN TOURISM AND CULTURAL POTENTIAL.

He proposed ZIMBABWE as the winner of WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION FOR 2014 and as receiver of the FAVORITE CULTURAL DESTINATION distinction for 2014.

The report noted that the reasons for awarding WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION FOR 2014 to ZIMBABWE were the following:

 The excellent organization of the 20th Session of the World Tourism Organization General Assembly from 24-30 August 2013. The world gathering brought together tourism experts from more than 120 countries.

 The successful organizing of this world event, inspite of huge logistic and economic challenges, proves without doubt, the capacity of Zimbabwe Government and the tourism industry’s capacity to organize world level events.

Following a magnificent vision and the organisation of a successful world tourism meeting, ZIMBABWE has unequivocally demonstrated that it is a safe, open and perfect tourism destination.

The support offered to the promotion of Community Based Tourism, which ensures the survival of sustainable tourism, with its with low ecological impact and preservation of natural biodiversity and protection of endangered species in Southern Africa. Community based ecotourism, promoted by Minister Walter Mzembi, is a perfect way of sharing revenue that supports rural communities’ prosperity through opportunities to market their foodstuffs and handicrafts to the world. The way in which eco-tourism has become the base for local economic development, providing benefits to communities, makes eco-friendly tourism the lesson that the REPUBLIC OF ZIMBABWE is offering to the world.

 Giving tourists access to outstanding and pristine nature and the opportunity to explore nature, to contribute to ecological preservation, and the opportunity to visit extraordinary places such as: the unique landscape of Victoria Falls; the National Parks such the Eastern Highlands in Manicaland; the Mana Pools in Mashonaland West; Exfoliated Hills from Matebeland; Chilojo Cliffs in Masvingo and the Matobo Hills near Bulawayo etc. All these regions and national parks, are a model of achieving ecological and green tourism that must be recognized throughout the world.

 The ongoing development and protection of cultural and historical shrines of the Republic of Zimbabwe, the transformation of Harare into a historical and spiritual centre, offering to the visitors a glimpse into rich culture and heritage of peoples of Zimbabwe.

 The preservation of outstanding historical and cultural heritage in the form of the former capital of the Shona Kingdom, the Great Zimbabwe in Masvingo, a fortified palatial complex from the 12th Century, offering a rare insight into one of the greatest pre-colonial civilizations of Africa, and a rare window into centuries old traditions.

 Today, Great Zimbabwe Monument also offers tourists an open air museum with a rare collection of historical and archaeological treasures that educate and enrich the world.

 The preservation of cultural and natural sites of world significance and value such as: Great Zimbabwe National Monument (added to UNESCO list in 1986), Khami Ruins National Monument (added to UNESCO list in 1986), Matobo Hills (added to UNESCO list in 2003), Mana Pools National Park, Sapi and Chewore Safari Areas (added to UNESCO list in 1984), Mosi-oa-Tunya / Victoria Falls and UNESCO candidate regions as: Ziwa National Monuments dating from the Stone Age period, make destination Zimbabwe to offer an incomparable contribution to the world legacy.

 The REPUBLIC OF ZIMBABWE is today a hot spot for adventure tourism, offering large areas suitable for this special kind of tourism, and the necessary infrastructure to welcome the adventure seeker, its safety and peace, makes the country, one of the world’s top adventure destinations.

 Keeping alive indigenous traditions, allows tourists and visitors to be part of the Zimbabwe people’s social fabric, which offers the possibility for an enriching cultural experience, are all achievements that make the REPUBLIC OF ZIMBABWE a first class destination.

After hearing the report, Senator Ionel Agrigoroaiei, from the Romanian Parliament and Director of European Parliamentary Committee in the European Council on Tourism and Trade expressed the views of all present at the gathering when he declared that the REPUBLIC OF ZIMBABWE is the deserving candidate, with a perfect record of promoting eco-friendly tourism, ecological and socially oriented tourism, and that only a unanimous vote in favor of the REPUBLIC OF ZIMBABWE, could express the unwavering European tourism and economic communities’ support for such a world model.

Mr. Victor Deleanu, ECTT rapporteur also presented a report titled “ZIMBABWE: A HOT SPOT OF ADVENTURE TOURISM” which praised the country for its safety record, infrastructure and hospitality industry’s achievements that make Zimbabwe an attractive destination in Africa.

Mr. Mihai Prundianu, Chairman of the Trade Mission of the ECTT, also highlighted the importance of the moment as the continent celebrated 50 years of African Unity, it is appropriate for Europe to express its commitment to, and appreciation for, Africa by crowning ZIMBABWE THE FAVORITE CULTURAL DESTINATION AND WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION FOR 2014.

At the end of the debate, European Council on Tourism and Trade decided, unanimously, to award WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION FOR 2014 TITLE TO REPUBLIC OF ZIMBABWE and to declare REPUBLIC OF ZIMBABWE THE FAVORITE CULTURAL DESTINATION in 2014.

The meeting was also presented with the Official Invitation, from the Ministry of Tourism and Hospitality of the REPUBLIC OF ZIMBABWE, for a delegation of high ranking officials of the European Council on Tourism and Trade, to present the WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION AWARD in Harare, in person, to His Excellency President of REPUBLIC OF ZIMBABWE ROBERT GABRIEL MUGABE, the most outstanding personality in Africa today.

Awarding the highest world tourism prize of the European Council on Tourism and Trade; accepting the invitation for a working visit of high ranking members of European Council on Tourism and Trade to the REPUBLIC OF ZIMBABWE, are all momentous occasions and evidence of the admiration that all tourism experts have for the potential and future of tourism in REPUBLIC OF ZIMBABWE, concluded Professor Anton Caragea, President of the European Council on Tourism and Trade at the end of the meeting.

PRESIDENT OFFICE OF EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND

TRADE (ECTT)

 


UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: A FORCE OF PEACE AND EQUILIBRIUM IN THE MIDDLE EAST

December 11, 2013

In 2013, United Arab Emirates celebrated in pomp, ceremony and joy the 42 anniversary of National Day.

Forty-two is in the life of men`s a time of reflection and decisions, in time of nations is barely a time of beginnings. United Arab Emirates are having a lot to appreciate and to be proud off in all this short span of time.

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Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan al Nahyan: the founding father of United Arab Emirates

 

In 1968, when the British empire was living his last hours in the region, the vision of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan al Nahyan was to create a state of equilibrium and a force of moderation in the Arabic Gulf area. Squeezed between the emerging power of Shah`s Iran and of Saudi Arabian Kingdom, the small Gulf states could only envisage a future of moderation and balancing in order to survive.

Today, this policy of moderation and equilibrium carved out by the funding father of UAE-Sheikh Zayed and continued by his successor Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed is reaching a peach of recognition and appreciation worldwide and also is receiving  international plaudit`s as a pillar of security and development in the area.

 

UAE: THE FORCE OF MODERATION AND THE MODERATION OF FORCE.

In 1971, when the flag of United Arab Emirates reach out for the first time to the sky, the country inaugurated what will be a long tradition of moderating tension and avoiding confrontation, in an area where neither one or the other is lacking. United Arab Emirates inaugurated their presence on international stage by repulsing Iran attempts to take advantage of the British withdrawal and saving the region from an all-out conflict.

This policy of negotiation and appeasement re-surfaced during Iran-Iraq war, when United Arab Emirates wise and calibrated policies assured the continuing flow of oil by the straits of Hormuz and avoided regional escalation. The support for Kuwait independence in 1990 and the moderation policy in all the tensions of the areas had gained recognition for the country as a force of stability and continuity in foreign policy of the troubled region.

As UAE Foreign Minister stated to the United Nations, the driving force of UAE foreign commitment is build upon “the principles of peaceful coexistence, peaceful resolution of the international disputes and non-interference in the internal affairs of other states”.

These principles insured a high standing of United Arab Emirates in the world and also in the Arab region, during the so called Arab spring.

United Arab Emirates straightforward policy of rejecting internal interference, of supporting human rights and rejecting support for terrorism, had enshrined the name of United Arab Emirates in the heart of every Arab, as a country of stability and order.

A country that is building and not destroying, a country that is protecting and not killing hopes and peoples.

The lesson of United Arab Emirates, that knows how to moderate his force by obeying to the international norms is a golden lesson that makes today UAE a beacon of hope in a troubled region.

UAE: A FORCE FOR HUMANITY.

The Arab convulsions left in tatters a huge region, from North of Africa to the Middle east and millions of people refuges, displaced or victim of hunger in their own countries.

In a time of insecurity and predicament, the United Arab Emirates shared their influence and power to alleviate sufferance`s   across the region.

Hundreds of millions of dollars where directed to the refugees camps in Jordan or Lebanon, in one camp alone 20.000 peoples are regularly protected and all their needs meet by the help of United Arab Emirates.

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Lorries loaded with humanitarian aid for Syrian refugees

 

In the troubled hit Egypt, UAE had poured 4.9 USD billion to support economic recovery and to insure the road to economic stability as a precondition for political equilibrium.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, had clearly marked this generous help is conditioned by “a policy of peace, security, tolerance and love” that will insure stability in the country and the world.

The same helping hands can be seen  across the Palestine territory,  supporting the legitimate right of Palestinian state in 1967 borders and Al Quds al Sharif ( Jerusalem) as his capital.

From Pakistan and India to Nepal and Kenya, Morocco and Guinea, UAE is sponsoring projects of education, irrigation, poverty eradication and promoting equality of chances and development of rural communities in celebrated initiatives as: Dress One Million Needy Children, a project destined to provide clothing to one million poor children across the world.

By the size of his humanitarian projects sponsored across the world, related to the population and surface UAE ranks the second in the world in front of countries like United States, Japan or Italy etc.

The most recent disaster stricken country, Philippines, received on the spot 10 million’s dollars to help the authorities cope with the humanitarian crisis.

This long track record of assistance  and donor capacities made Sheikh Khalifa to describe his country as “a state of giving, pace and security”.

Presedintele UAE – H.H. SHEIKH KHALIFA BIN ZAYED AL NAHYAN

Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al Nahyan-UAE President wants to create a state of peace, security and generosity

 

UAE: OPPORTUNITIES FOR ALL

The positive force of UAE is not only reaching far and wide, but is starting from the home build miracle.

In the last two decades United Arab Emirates had succeeded to build a promised land for more than 200 nationalities and developed his economy by a staggering 200 times, comparing with the independence year-1971.

This powerful economic development is shared also with  the communities of expats and foreign workers, that contributed to this economic miracle , most recent a three year plan, envisage to spend 36 USD billion to improve health, educational and material conditions of working force in UAE.

All this having as a goal, to create a society that is “a paradise for citizens and foreigners alike, that are living in peace in a tolerant community and free from segregation and injustice.”

The economic development of UAE is not only building his capacity as a donor for  humanitarian projects, but is also insuring his capacity to develop economic project`s around the world.

Solar powered plants are build today in Mauritania and Morocco, solar technologies are having a hub in the Masdar Institute of Technology and Masdar City and environmental projects are providing a life worth living for millions around the world.

All regional economies are benefiting from continuous economic miracle build by the emirates. This force of reaching and affecting the life`s of everyone gets a new confirmation in the crushing vote in supporting Dubai as host of World Expo 2020.

From Romania in Central Europe to United States in American continent and Arab and African countries, everyone has supported   Dubai role as a hub for new technologies, tourism, and economic development and as center of the new Silk Road, connecting China-Europe and South America via Africa.

After being declared World Best Tourist Destination in 2008, now as a host of World Expo 2020 United Arab Emirates are having a new opportunity to create the future by connecting minds, as the logo of the new world exhibition is proclaiming.

Masdar City of Energy

Masdar City-an area of clean , solar energy.

 

LESSONS FROM UAE.

What are the lessons of all this 42 years of this emotion full adventure, that we call United Arab Emirates?

Off course, economists, politicians and cultural experts will draw many conclusion for how to make a nation building, but I will settled for two major conclusion.

The force of UAE is projecting is the force of moderation , a powerful and rich country that is not using his influence in fostering conflicts and confrontation but in building nations, supporting humanitarian causes and promoting world unity and cooperation.

Second is the success of the model of inclusiveness.

UAE did not build walls of segregation`s and created an economic miracle for citizens and foreigners alike, a society constructed on solidarity will survive, one build on separation will succumb, this is the lesson that UAE is teaching the world.

Witnessing the 42 anniversary of UAE you might be in awe from the tall Burj Khalifa, or admire the economic productivity of Dubai World or to be inspired by the Dubai winning bid for World Expo 2020, but what I found most inspiring was the multitude of people, coming from all the corners of the world, wearing the T-shirts or signs of funding fathers of UAE in a sign of gratitude for the country that targets to be a paradise for all: United Arab Emirates.


KAZAHSTAN-ROMANIA: 20 DE ANI DE RELATII DIPLOMATICE

May 27, 2012

KAZAHSTAN-ROMANIA : O RELATIE STRATEGICA de prof.univ.dr.Anton Caragea


Ne-am adunat astăzi pentru a discuta despre realizările remarcabile ale ultimilor 20 de ani de relaţii diplomatice , dar mai presus de orice, 20 de ani de prietenie : România-Kazahstan.
Nu vreau să repet tot ceea ce s-a discutat cu atâtea detalii aici : rolul extraordinar al investitiilor Kazahstanului în sectorul energetic din România, suma de trei miliarde de dolari vorbeşte de la sine despre rolul esenţial al investiţiilor Kazahstanului în economia românească, nu vreau să reiterez rolul extrordinar al relaţiilor culturale româno-kazahe, ce va fi consfinţit prin semnarea unui nou , vast şi complet acord bilateral.
Vreau să mă concentrez asupra unei sintagme ce s-a regăsit în discursurile tuturor predecesorilor mei şi care atrage atenţia în numele chiar al manifestării ce ne uneşte astăzi : România-Kazahstan : un parteneriat strategic.
Ei bine , da , România a ştiut să fie credincioasă acestui concept şi să construiască un parteneriat strategic, ce nu pot decât să sper că va fi copiat în relaţie nu doar cu statele Asiei Centrale, dar şi cu statele din alte regiuni ale lumii.
Preşedintele Ion Iliescu şi Preşedintele Emil Constantinescu au descris amândoi clar şi cu nenumărate amănunte, importanţa şi uneori provocarile acestui parteneriat strategic, în care ambele ţări au ştiut să îşi demonstreze prietenia şi interesul în colaborare.
Eu am să menţionez doar câteva episoade ale ultimilor ani, arătând utilitatea şi importanţa acestui parteneriat strategic.
În anul 2010, Kazahstanul prelua Preşedinţia Organizaţiei pentru Securitate şi Cooperare în Europa, într-o atmosferă tensionată, în care concepţiile ruse şi americane asupra rolului şi chiar utilităţii organizaţiei erau exacerbate, ultimul summit la nivel înalt al OSCE avusese loc în 1999, la Istanbul, nici un compromis pentru un nou summit nu putea fi găsit.
Părea improbabil ca tânărul Kazahstan, cu diplomaţia sa energică, dar încă tânără, să reuşească acest tur de forţă.
Încă din primele ore ale noii preşedinţii România şi-a arătat disponibilitatea de a sprijinii conceptele Kazahstanului, de reformă a OSCE şi de reactivare a organizaţiei, printr-n nou summit la nivel înalt.
România a avut înţelepciunea, alături de diplomaţia kazahă să facă acest lucru în cea mai nimerită manieră: un summit al înţelepţilor, desfăşurat la Bucureşti, care cu calm, cu diplomaţie şi mai ales cu argumente forte să convingă elitele intelectuale ale Europei nu doar de necesitatea reformării OSCE, dar şi a prezervării acestei organizaţii pentru viitor printr-un nou summit.
Personalităţi de prim rang ale României intelectuale precum: Preşedintele Ion Iliescu şi Preşedintele Emil Constantinescu, au preluat flacăra ideilor OSCE şi au sprijinit reforma OSCE.
Era o probă clară de cum funcţionează raportul strategic România-Kazahstan, nu doar în beneficul relaţiei bilaterale, dar în beneficiul salvgardării unei organizaţii cu un trecut ilustru, dar căzută într-un con de umbră.
Am fost mândru când, ideile sădite la Bucureşti în februarie 2010, au răsunat în decembrie 2010 la Astana.
Nu era doar vocea României, era vocea Kazahstanului şi vocea unei relaţii bilaterale ce funcţionase.
Când lumea se întreba încă, daca preşedinţia kazahă va fi un succes, România dăduse răspunsul său intelectual şi răsunator: DA.
Să mai menţionez Conferinţa dedicata celor 20 de ani de independenţă ai Kazahstanului, din noiembrie 2011, când elita intelectuală şi academică a României, sub conducerea liderilor naturali: Preşedintele Emil Constantinescu şi Preşedintele Ion Iliescu a ştiut să facă din manifestarea de la Bucureşti, a doua conferinta ca importanţă, după conferinţa de la Washington.
O nouă dovadă a unui parteneriat care funcţionează.
Să mai menţionez că, în 24 aprilie 2012, România a ştiut din nou să dea un semnal al sprijinului pentru Kazahstan, organizând Expoziţia de sprijin pentru candidatura oraşului Astana la EXPO 2017.
Romania a fost astfel prima ţară europeană ce a făcut acest gest, urmată apoi de Germania, subliniez, decizia de la Bucureşti de a sprijinii Astana, drept capitală a viitorului, a EXPO 2017, a fost prima.
Am vrut doar să enumar câteva momente din ultimele luni, în care România a fost fidelă deciziei sale de a construi o relaţie strategică cu Kazahstanul , o relaţie în care vocea României se face auzită.
Sprijinind Kazahstanul la OSCE, România a sprijinit reforma unei organizaţii europene ce ameninţa a-şi pierde relevanţa.
Sprijinind marcarea celor 20 de ani independenţă ai Kazahstanului, România a dat un semnal de sprijin al modelului de democraţie, dezvoltare şi securitate oferit de Kazahstan şi de preşedintele Nazarbayev, regiunii şi lumii. Sprijinind Astana, drept capitală a EXPO 2017, România dă un semnal că merge inaintea noului , că sprijină şi nu se teme de transformările secolului XXI şi de creşterea rolului international al Asiei.
Poate acesta este secretul relaţiei strategice România –Kazahstan, beneficiile ei nu sunt limitate doar la cele două ţări, roadele acestei prietenii sunt oferite întregii lumi.
Fie ca relaţia strategică România –Kazahstan să continue în viitor cu aceleaşi bune rezulatate.