On 28 January 2021, “Gagauzia Dialogue” project in cooperation with the authorities of Gagauzia and in partnership with Eurac Research Institute from Italy, organized the online workshop “Developing Public Policies in tourism sphere in ATO Gagauzia: Discussion of Strategic Directions”. The event was attended by representatives of the Executive Committee and the People’s Assembly of Gagauzia, representatives of the Ministry of Economy and Infrastructure, independent experts in this field from the business sphere from Comrat and Chisinau, representatives of civil society, local initiative groups (MIL), academy, as well as international partners.
The main objective of the workshop was the discussion of the strategic direction to be reflected in the Tourism Development Program 2021-2025. The discussions were based on the findings of the situational analysis in the field of tourism in ATO Gagauzia, prepared by independent experts of the Crisis Management Initiative (CMI). The analytical report presents a comprehensive analysis of tourism in the autonomy and provides necessary context for discussing priority directions for the development of public policy document in this area.
When I think about the strategic development of tourism of the Gagauz Autonomy, I think of two interconnected components. To the people of Gagauzia – very warm and welcoming people, and to the beautiful places still little known in our country and unknown in other countries. Every people has its own cuisine and traditions and we – the Gagauzians – have our own. They are part of our identity and I am sure we can impress and delight our guests. I urge you to take into account our people and culinary traditions and not to forget our traditions in wine production. Thus, we will impress the guests who visit us, and the atmosphere created by us will become the catalyst for the process of promoting Gagauzia. The atmosphere that we, the Gagauzians, can create will amplify our effort to promote Gagauzia as a tourist destination.said the Bashkan of ATU Gagauzia, Irina Vlah
Tourism policies should take full account of global trends and the state of local industry, in the context of the current and future tasks of the Tourism and Economics Department in the fields of economy, culture, citizen’s social security, employment promotion and the preservation of Gagauz natural resources and cultural-history.mentioned Natalia Chiuvalscaia, Head of Tourism and Economics Department of ATO Gagauzia
One of the aspects regarding the development of public policies in the field of tourism is the connection to the dynamics of this industry taking into account the challenges that exist, such as climate change, demographics, digital, public health and others. The tourism industry system is interconnected with the economic system, with the ecological system and it is necessary their functioning as a whole
underlined Philipp Corradini, international expert of the Eurac Research Institute
During this workshop over 40 participants analyzed the strategic directions regarding the elaboration and consolidation of the autonomy policies in the field of tourism, the consolidation of the legal basis and the improvement of the topics related to this field, actions of elaboration of the tourist products and the stimulation of local and international promotion. Following the workshop, the participants set specific objectives and priorities for each strategic direction.
The aim of the program is to establish a strategic vision in the tourism sector in the autonomous region and its link with the national objectives in the respective area. This will contribute to clear delimitation of competences and sustainable socio-economic development in Gagauzia. The program will be in line with the “National Tourism Development Program 2025”. Thus, in order to ensure a participatory and inclusive process, a Consultative Working Group is composed of representatives of central and autonomy authorities, civil society organizations, independent experts in the respective area, representatives of business community and other relevant actors. The Consultative Working Group aims to provide a substantial contribution to the development of the policy document and its work will be supported by international experts on autonomy issues from Eurac Research Institute.
The process of public tourism policies development for ATU Gagauzia is led by the authorities of Gagauzia and facilitated by the CMI within “Gagauzia Dialogue”. The process includes three consecutive phases: agenda setting, policy formulation and approval by authorities.
CMI is a non-profit organization founded by Nobel Peace Prize winner Martti Ahtisaari, former President of Finland in 2000. The organization’s efforts are aimed at preventing and resolving conflicts and maintaining lasting peace. In Moldova CMI is implementing the Project “Gagauzia Dialogue” funded by Sweden. The project focuses its work on supporting the efficient exercise of Gagauzia’s autonomous powers through building constructive dialogue between legislators from Chisinau and Comrat and finding joint solutions to common issues related to multilevel governance linked to the Gagauzia autonomy.