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Kenya to host Africa’s first national parks conference in 2019   

NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Kenya will host the first edition of the African National Parks Conference in November 2019, officials disclosed on Tuesday.

Margaret Mwakina, 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.

The 28-storey 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 November.

KICC can host up to over 7,000 and 10,000 delegates indoor and outdoor respectively. 

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