NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya will host the first edition of the African
National Parks Conference in November 2019, officials disclosed
Principal Secretary for Wildlife, said that the forum will draw
delegates from 250 parks around the continent to discuss various
issues pertaining to the animal sanctuaries.
“Kenya won the bid
against stiff competition from Ethiopia and South Africa because
of its superb conference facilities that have been tried and
tested over a long period of time, led by our iconic Kenyatta
International Convention Center (KICC),” she said during the
occasion to mark the 45th birthday of the facility,
adding that the meeting will take place at the venue.
structure was for years the tallest building in the region and
attracted people from all walks of life who marveled at the
architecture of the construction.
Over the years, KICC
has hosted high profile international conferences with the
United Nations Conference on African Development (UNCTAD), the
Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD)
and the 2nd High Operation (HLM2) being the most
recent among others.
Nana Gecaga, KICC
chief executive officer, said the conferencing venue has
embarked on an upgrade of its meeting rooms to increase its
competitiveness in the region as well as aggressively marketing
drive both locally and internationally to ensure that the
country wins bids to host major events.
“We are looking at
enhancing delegates’ experience through the upgrade as well as
enhancing the center’s capacity through strategic partnerships
to enhance tourists’ experience with the Nairobi National Park
as well as with other hotels,”Gecaga said.
She said KICC is set
to host many high-profile conferences including the 14th
African Dairy Conference in August next year, Sixth Africa
Higher Education Week and Reform Biennial Conference in October
and the First Global Conference n Sustainable Blue Economy in
KICC can host up to
over 7,000 and 10,000 delegates indoor and outdoor