Sony Neme, Asaba
The Founder and President of the African Women Leadership Organization (AWLO), Dr Elisha Attai expressed AWLO readiness to host the Women in Leadership Summit in the Tourism City of Arusha.
Attai disclosed this on Wednesday April 23, an interview with East Africa premier TV called EATV in Arusha in Tanzania.
Attai and his delegation who are on a four-day visit to Tanzania at the invitation of the Arusha International Conference Centre to explore the possibility for Tanzania to host the AWLO international Conference at the tourism City of Arusha, expressed AWLO readiness to host the Women in Leadership Summit in the Tourism City of Arusha.
He said AWLO was motivated to bring the summit to Tanzania because of the good track record and commitment to gender parity, saying that Tanzania has one of the best formation of the women in leadership.
“The world is coming to Tanzania to learn how the country organized itself to have a woman President, woman Speaker of the Union Parliament and a number of cabinet women Ministers and other ranking women in leadership, including the Minister for Foreign Affairs” he said.
Attai and his delegation on arrival at Julius Nyerere International Airport on April 10, were received by Madam Mkunde Senyagwa Mushi, the Director of Conference and Marketing of Arusha International Conference Centre (AICC), where they had an opportunity to experience Iftar at Serena Hotel in Dar es Salaam.
AWLO President and his delegation also had opportunity of meeting the AICC Acting Managing Director, Mr Savo Mung’ong’o who briefed the delegation on various aspects of the AICC core business and future plan of the Tanzania Business tourism industry.
The delegation has also an opportunity to visit the AICC conference facilities especially the Simba hall, Oldonyo Lengai, Lake Nyasa and briefed about the AICC buildings and historical perspective.
Attai and his team were briefed that AICC was occupying the buildings that were previously owned by the defunct East African Community, which collapsed in 1977.
The delegation had also an opportunity to continue with familiarization tour at Four Point by Sheraton Arusha hotel with a capacity to accommodate 114 rooms including two presidential suites.
Four points by Sheraton Hotel is located a walking distance to the AICC conference facility
After Four Points by Sheraton Arusha Hotel, the delegation visited Gran Melia Hotel one of the oldest Hotel in Arusha.
The hotel was previously known as Hotel 77 because it was built at gratis by the Israel Government purposely for the Non-Aligned Movement Summit, which was at that time had 77 member countries.
It was the biggest Non-aligned Movement group to be held in Africa.
The delegation was very impressed by the hotel especially the rooms outside view gardens, architecture and underneath land scaping which provided picturesque view especially on the northern side of the hotel facing Africa’s second tallest mountain in Africa called Meru.
The President could not hide his admiration and declared that he will personally stay at one of the presidential suites at Gran Melia.
At lunch time, the delegation visited Kibo Palace Hotel, where they were provided with lunch and tour of the hotel. The Delegation were visibly impressed by the hotel’s architectural design and room’s ambience, saying it was well designed in terms of standards. Later in the evening, the delegation was treated with Nyama Choma barbeque at New AICC Club.
Attai and his team also visited the Julius Nyerere International Convention Centre in Dar es Salaam, which is run by the AICC and paid a courtesy call on Madam Liberata Mulamula, the Minister for Foreign Affairs and East African Cooperation.
In his remarks, the AWLO President impressed upon the Minister the AWLO’s determination to bring the AWLO conference in Tanzania, saying it has been a long time interest of AWLO wanting to host the AWLO summit in the country.
Attai noted that after the formal agreement, the announcement for Tanzania to host the AWLO summit would be done in Las Vegas in the US during the AWLO Diaspora conference to target diaspora delegates.
He added that, ” another announcement will be done in Darban South Africa to target African AWLO delegates,” he said.
AWLO also appointed Madam Mulamula honorary Patron of AWLO.
On her part, the Minister assured him of Tanzania’s readiness to facilitate in all possible means to ensure that the AWLO summit in Tanzania in 2023 was a success.
Mulamula also noted that Tanzania has abundant historical and tourism attractions, saying the delegates would need to sample what Tanzania can offer so that they become good ambassadors.