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Project on Supporting Capacity-building of World Heritage Sites in East Africa Launched




Paris, 31 Mar (ONA) --- The UNESCO has launched a project titled "Supporting Capacity-building of World Heritage Sites in East Africa". The project is financed by the Sultanate of Oman.


The UNESCO said in a statement published on its website, "The ambassadors of the Sultanate of Oman, the Comoros, Kenya, Madagascar, Tanzania and a representative from Somalia joined the UNESCO World Heritage Centre to launch the three-year project entitled Supporting capacity-building of World Heritage sites in East Africa and financed by the Sultanate of Oman."


Dr. Hamad al-Hamami, Oman's Permanent Representative to the UNESCO reiterated the Sultanate's commitment to provide support to the Eastern Africa region in the implementation of the 1972 World Heritage Convention. He reaffirmed that launching this project is a good start for a stronger collaboration between the Sultanate of Oman and the Eastern Africa region.


Mechtild Rossler, Director of the UNESCO World Heritage Centre stressed the importance of this project that is anchored in UNESCO’s Global Strategy to encourage countries to become States Parties to the Convention and to support them in preparing Tentative Lists and credible nomination dossiers that will be represented on the World Heritage List.


She added that this project will also contribute to the objectives and main actions of UNESCO Priority Africa, the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda.


Samwel William Shelukindo, Representative of Tanzania to the UNESCO expressed the urgent need of rehabilitation of the House of Wonders in Stone Town Zanzibar. He thanked the timely support of Sultanate of Oman in this regard.

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