The Embassy of the People’s Republic of China and Nigeria, on Friday, 18 June, 2021, jointly celebrated Sustainable Gastronomy Day 2021 in a grand style. 
The programme with the theme: Nations, foods, Culture, and partnerships for Sustainable Development had in attendance top Chinese Embassy Officials and Nigerian Officials. 
In a speech, the Cultural Counsellor at the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Nigeria, Mr Li Xuda, acknowledge gastronomy as a cultural expression related to the natural and cultural diversity of the world. 
He reaffirmed that all cultures and civilizations are contributors and crucial enablers of sustainable development. 
Mr Li explained that the event is also to commemorate “the 50th #anniversary of the establishment of the diplomatic relations between China and Nigeria, the National Institute for Hospitality and Tourism of Nigeria (NIHOTOUR), in collaboration with the Chinese Embassy in Nigeria, Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), CCECC Nigeria Ltd. and NTA-Star TV Network Ltd., hosted Sustainable Gastronomy Day 2021 celebration on 18th June in Abuja.”
He pointed out that both China and Nigeria are great countries with long history and rich culture, especially both countries have rich food culture. “Both countries have so many similarities in lots of fields, including the field of gastronomy. Nigerian people are always proud of their food culture.”
On this solid foundation, Mr. Li believed that our two countries’ food culture will be better developed, and our peoples’ living standard will be further improved. 
The permanent secretary, Federal Ministry of Information and Culture, Dr Ifeoma Anyanwutaku hailed the SGD initiative to connect people, planet and profit. she said in the global tourism industry, gastronomy has become a major tourist pull factor and largely defines some inherent attractions in a tourist destination. She emphasized, “For us in Nigeria, culture is our competitive tourism advantage, most of which are identified by Nigerian cuisines and their methods of preparations.” According to her, “Sustainable gastronomy is, therefore, a call to action for us to improve our food and cuisines production processes without compromising the ability of future generations to access quality foods. To this end, the Federal Government recognizes the pivotal roles that sustainable gastronomy can play in Nigeria tourism development, in line with its efforts to reduce mass poverty and youth restlessness.”
The cuisine of Nigeria has its roots in the 9000-year-old African traditions. From spicy soups to seafood stews, tropical fruits to traditional yam, Nigerian food is varied and very tasty. Among Nigerian 6 geopolitical zones, each zone has its own unique favourite which is related to art, traditions and culture. With over 300 ethnic groups and their corresponding unique cuisines, Nigeria has enormous potential of becoming the Mecca of Food tourism in Africa.
The lawmaker representing Imo-West Senatorial district, Sen. Rochas Okorocha, underscored food, clothing, shelter and education to be four necessities of life, which showcases culture of people. He said that the celebration of SGD has become key to sensitize people more on the importance of intake of a balanced diet to promote nation-building. 
The colorful exhibition of Nigerian and Chinese cuisines as well as the amazing display of Nigerian traditional dances definitely became the highlights of the event.
On 21st Dec 2016, the #UN General Assembly adopted its resolution A/RES/71/246 and designated 18th June as an international observance for Sustainable Gastronomy Day.

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