18-05-2021 by Freddie del Curatolo
Here is the text of the open letter that Malindikenya.net, the portal of Italians in Kenya, addressed to the Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs Luigi Di Maio, to his main collaborators (Vice-Minister Marina Sereni and Undersecretary Manlio Di Stefano) and to the Farnesina Press Office.
Dear Minister Luigi Di Maio,
I am writing to you from Kenya on behalf of a large number of Italian entrepreneurs in the tourism and other sectors, residents registered with AIRE and tourists who are regular visitors to holiday resorts in the African country.
We have learned of the extension of the legislation, which is the effect of the Prime Ministerial Decree of 2 March 2021, until at least next 31 July.
Since Kenya, despite the low daily numbers and restrictions in force (curfew from 10pm to 4am for more than a year now), is still located in band "E" of the countries listed in the Prime Ministerial Decree, tourist travel is still not allowed.
This, considering the situation has improved significantly in Italy thanks to your efforts and the vaccination campaign that is proceeding rapidly, seems excessive and above all will cause enormous damage to many compatriots who have invested in Kenya, even in recent times and on the advice, advice and help of the Institute of Foreign Trade and other Italian institutions in place and in the country.
Not only that, the continuation of this situation creates economic and social problems in Malindi and Watamu, the tourist destinations where the Italian community is well established and lives in harmony with the local population.
Many activities have had to close and many local workers are at risk.
Of course, this is also happening in our country, but in view of the gradual reopening in Italy, it would also be desirable to allow tourists, at least those who are vaccinated, to be able to choose their next holiday destination.
In the hope that you will consider our request and that you or your staff will be able to reply, I send my best regards.
For Italy. And for all Italians.
Alfredo "Freddie" Del Curatolo
Director of Malindikenya.net
The Portal of Italians in Kenya
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