GHANA WILL REMAIN EBOLA FREE - MINISTER FOR TOURISM


1311The Minister for Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts, Hon. Elizabeth Ofosu-Adjare has made a strong case for the Ghana tourism industry, calling on the travel agents and tourist across the globe to visit – “the centre of the earth” – Ghana.

According to Mrs. Ofosu-Adjare, the Ghana tourism industry is growing especially with a renewed effort by the government of Ghana to give a special attention to the sector and position the sector as a major foreign exchange earner in Ghana. She said “Ghana has everything to offer, nice hotels, lovely beeches, the largest man-made lake in the world, the most beautiful natural game reserve, castles and forts and above all the nicest people anyone could dream of – the Ghanaian”.

She was speaking to Osibisa Radio, London team during a “Ghana Day” event in London. The minister who was in London with a host of travel and tour operators, hoteliers and other key players in the tourism industry to attend the World Travel Market event also engaged and entertained the guests who visited the Ghanaian stand on hearing the sound bites from traditional drums with some skillful display of dancing moves.

Peter, an Australian photographer who could not hold back also started dancing. Describing the event, Peter said “this is just too beautiful, this is fantastic, and a scene I never imagined I could ever be treated to”.

Mrs. Ofosu-Adjare said the sector had, over the years, contributed significantly to the economic growth and development of the nation at the national and local levels, and promoted formal and informal employment opportunities in industries such as hotels, travels and tours, craft villages, music, dance and Ghanaian cuisine.

Touching on the current Ebola crisis is Africa, the Minister said, although Ghana has not recorded even a single case of Ebola, the government has put in place measures to contain and arrest any of such occurrences. She said a treatment and an isolation centre has been built at Tema with two (2) more being constructed at Tamale and Kumasi. Further she said, the government is adopting a multi-sectorial approach to intensify public education on Ebola across the length and breadth of the country.

The Minister who also spoke alongside her colleagues from Nigeria, Senegal and other West African Countries at a joint press conference organised on Ebola also said, the government of Ghana has a adopted a very strict boarder security system whereby all passengers are screened carefully before they are allowed into the country.

“These measures, the intensive on-going public education, the isolation and treatment centres staffed by well-trained doctors, the border security and other on-going efforts by our government, I can confidently say Ghana will remain Ebola Free. I am therefore calling on the tourist out there to visit Ghana because in Ghana, we have a bit of everything West Africa and indeed Africa can offer” she said.

Hon. Ofosu-Adjare also spoke about the strategic role president John Mahama is playing in the fight against the Ebola Virus. She said, Ghana was offered to be used as the logistical centre by the UN and other international community fighting against the Ebola. This she said has provided a vital air-bridge to the affected countries.

The Ghana High Commissioner to the UK, H. E. Ambassador Victor Smith and the staff from the Ghana High Commission were also all at the event to grace and support the Ghanaian representatives. On his part, Ambassador Smith also called on the international community to take advantage of the opportunities Ghana presents and invest in the country.

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MAXIMIZE USAGE OF LOCALLY GROWN FOODS IN DISHES PREPARATION – DEPUTY MINISTER

DP Min12The Deputy Minister for Tourism and Creative Arts Hon. Dzifa Gomashie Abla, has challenged institutions such as hotels and Catering and tourism centres operating in Ghana to maximize the usage of locally grown foods when preparing their dishes.

This, she said, would help attract more tourists and also help strengthen the hospitality industry and consequently generate income for the country.

The Minister made this remark during the launching of a book entitled: ‘Modern Yam Recipes’ in Accra.

She said, when the idea is well embraced, it would also entice Ghanaians to develop positive characters towards the consumption of locally grown foods as well. Adding that, the “Modern Yam Recipe” book has been launched at the right time since it will go a long way to help the cookery industries and other institutions to realize the relevant and the nutritional value of yam.

She has therefore called on researchers and relevant stakeholders to endeavour to come out with a research on yam preservation and its processing in order to avoid its wastage in the country.

According to the author of the book, Dorothy -Dee Ann Woode, Chef Director at the African International Culinary Education -AIC Education, yam is a good source of Vitamin B6 which has been shown to reduce risk of heart diseases. “It is also high in potassium which helps to control blood pressure.”

“Yam has a low starch content compared to potatoes and cassava. It is also rich in protein and fibre. Its complex carbohydrates slows the rate at which sugar is released into the blood stream and its good source of manganese helps in carbohydrates metabolism so it fills you up without increasing the waistline,” she explained.

She said there are numerous benefits or products that could be derived from yam if twisted or when one adds a little value to it.

However, she said the 60 page Yam Cook book is developed to provide recipes and helpful hints on how to prepare the versatile root crop. She said it has been written to appeal to tourists who want to take a piece of Ghana back home, stimulate the imagination of students and food enthusiasts both in Africa and globally.

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GHANA PARTICIPATES IN 2014 WORLD TRAVEL MARKET

 

WTM 2014The Minister of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts, says Ghana’s participation in this year’s World Travel Market (WTM) fair would help encourage global tour operators and travel agents to highlight Ghana on their tour circuits.

The WTM Fair, which is the world’s leading Travel Trade show, is an annual event, which takes place in the British capital of London. It is seen to be the prime meeting place and also an excellent opportunity to meet business partners and to do business.

Mrs. Elizabeth Ofosu-Adjare, the sector Minister said Ghana’s stand at this year’s event has been expanded to accommodate the higher patronage.

She said the fair would afford Ghana the opportunity to inform and sensitise investors about investment incentives and opportunities available in the tourism, culture and creative arts sector.

Mrs. Ofosu-Adjare expressed the belief that with the assembling of representatives of tourism destination operators from competitive and generating markets, Ghanaian participants at the fair would get the platform to explore training opportunities for the sector’s human resource, which would go a long way to boost Ghana’s tourism industry.

She said Ghana’s participation in this year’s WTM (Monday, November 3, to Thursday, November 6) offers the country a rare opportunity to sell Ghana’s diverse tourism, cultural and creative arts industry as well as the dynamic tourism destinations.

Mrs Ofosu-Adjare said the WTM is a global travel event aimed at increasing tourism trade deals, international networking with travel professionals, buyers and providing travel business intelligence.

 

Ghana’s delegation include officials from the Ministry, Ghana Tourism Authority, Forestry Commission, the private sector - Sunseekers, Travel Bureau, Apstar tours, Land tours, Mibes hospitality, Seasons Travel and Tours.

RENEW COMMITMENT TO PAN AFRICANISM – TOURISM MINISTER

DU-BOISThe Minister of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts has called on Ghanaians and Africans to renew their commitment to Pan-Africanism and redirect their energies and synergies towards African renaissance.

The minister made this call in a speech read on her behalf by Mrs. Olivia Opoku Adomah, Director of RSI at the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts at the Du Bois-Padmore-Nkrumah Pan African lecture held at the Du Bois Centre in Accra.

She made this statement during the opening of a lecture which was jointly organised by W.E.B Du Bois Centre and the Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park as part of the events marking the birthday commemoration of Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah – Ghana’s first president and the Du Bois-Padmore-Nkrumah lecture series.

She said, the roles played by the Du Bois-Padmore-Nkrumah in the political history of Ghana and indeed Africa was much more significant than we have perceived and that, the trio individually experienced turbulent and racial repressions which informed their socio-cultural and political stance.

Dr. Vladimir Antwi Danso who spoke on the theme: “Du Bois-Padmore-Nkrumah connection; making a difference in our time” said the search for the total emancipation of the African continent from political and economic strangulation will be radar-less, unless serious attention is paid to the ideals of the founding fathers of Pan Africanism.

He stated that, bad leadership – dictatorship, imprudence in economic management, profligacy, corruption, vengeance politics, political patronage etc. have combined to rob Africa of that total emancipation dreamt of by the founding fathers of Pan Africanism. He added that true global inequity and neo-colonial conspiracy have been a border to the total emancipation of Africa. He observed that the truth lies more with bad leadership, the virtual absence of trait, transformational leaders on the African continent.

He contended that “making a difference in our time”, calls for the study of dialectics of African emancipation and development. He also said that Du Bois-Padmore and Nkrumah developed an understanding of history and projected a formula for Africa’s growth and development. That formula was in total unity of Africa. Therefore, integration is a sine qua non to Africa’s growth and development.

Professor H.B Martison, speaking on the topic: “Pan Africanism and the African liberation struggle”, asserted that the phrase “Pan Africanism” was solely coined by barrister Henry Sylvester Williams, a Trinidadian during the launch of his African Association in London in 1900 and that by 1911 Sylvester Williams had traveled through Africa including Apartheid South Africa to campaign for the total liberation of Africa and the African. It was only after his death that Dr. Du Bois took over and successfully organised a five recorded Pan African Congresses.

He reiterated that after the fifth congress, Pan Africanism was carried across to Accra and through the magnanimity of George Padmore and Nkrumah, the Accra conference of April 1958 was also successfully organised. This he said, created the platform such that between 1958 and 1963 most of francophone African countries had won their independence from France hence the Accra-Conakry-Bamako axis, through the fiat and the instrumentality of Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, Sekou Toure and Modibo Keita were to form the basis for the United States of Africa.

The Ag. Executive Director of W.E.B Du Bois centre, Mr. Benjamin Sam Keelson in his welcome address said the lecture serves as a forum for the re-examination of the ideals of Pan Africanism and its relevance to the social, political, cultural and economic spheres of the 21st century Africa. He emphasised that the accomplishments of these great men, their ideals, prophecies and admonitions are records for African humanity and that the present generation should be mentored by their selfless devotion, dedication and mental stance.

The lecturers recommended that the study of Pan Africanism should be included in the curriculum of basic education in Ghana to provide basic information and also inculcate in the youth the spirit of Pan Africanism.

The lecture was chaired by Mr. Emmanuel Gawuga, former Ag. Executive Director of the W.E.B Du Bois Centre and National Folklore Board and was attended by a cross-section of society including the academia and staff of cultural institutions.

 

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CULTURE PLAYS SUBSTANTIAL ROLE IN DEVELOPMENT – VICE PRESIDENT

homofestThe Vice President, Mr. Paa Kwesi Amissah-Arthur, has urged the Chiefs and people of the Greater Accra Region to use festivals to promote development in the region.

 

Speaking at the first Homofest and the World Tourism Day celebration organised by the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts in Accra, the Vice President observed that the country had used culture as a driving force to accelerate socio-cultural, economic and environmental advancement in the communities, towns and regions.

 

According to him, the event demonstrated how the people of Ga Adangbe could use festivals to galvanise the chiefs and people to promote unity and development in the Greater Accra.

 

The festival, which was on the theme: “Unity and Development,” brought all the chiefs and people of the Greater Accra Region together to promote peace and unity. Mr. Amissah-Arthur said if the Chiefs, Queen Mothers, Wulomei, and all allied stakeholders took the initiative of providing leadership, devoid of personal interest, investors would flock to invest in the region and create jobs for the youth.

 

He stressed that government was committed to using culture to build consensus and partnership to develop to sustain the nation’s heritage. “It is for this reason that cultural institutions have been properly positioned in the local, regional and national development agenda,’ he added. The Vice President called on the people, the chiefs and the queen mothers to help keep the community clean to help eradicate cholera.

 

The Minister for Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts, Mrs. Elizabeth Ofosu-Adjare, explained that Homofest was an initiative of President Mr. John Dramani Mahama to appreciate the Ga Adangbe Traditional Area and promote the rich culture of the various traditional councils. She said Homofest was aimed at stimulating peace, unity, love, security and stability for future generations.

According to the Minister, the Greater Accra Region has a huge tourism potential in the sacred rituals and outdoor activities of the various traditional festivals.

 

Mrs. Ofosu-Adjare noted that the celebration of Homofest with the World Tourism Day was in the right direction as the theme for World Tourism Day 2014 was “tourism and community development”. She called on the chiefs, queen mothers and people to savour a peaceful community that promoted development.

 

The minister was of the view that community development could be driven by culture in terms of tradition, customs and values as was being showcased at the Homofest and called for all to take advantage of cultural resources to improve the standards of living of the people.

 

On his part, the Minister for Chieftaincy and Traditional Affairs, Dr Henry Seidu Daanaa appealed to the traditional leaders to overlook their differences and come together to promote unity. He said the time had come for traditional leaders to settle their chieftaincy and land disputes amicably so that they could attract development in their community.

 

The Deputy Minister for Local Government and Rural Development , Nii Lante Vanderpuiye,  urged the traditional leaders to come together to support the ministry in the streets naming and property addressing exercise so that the country could be rated as one of the countries with developed communities. Mr. Vanderpuiye announced that the Ministry was embarking on a monthly clean-up exercise to encourage good sanitation and called on the traditional leaders to support the project.

 

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2014 NATIONAL THEATRE SEASON UNDERWAY

NTGThe Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts has declared September as theatre month or season. Considering the influx of foreign culture, the initiative is an attempt to instill into young people the values of their cultural heritage and the true essence of those values.

The move is important because as Deputy Minister of the sector, Hon Dzifa Gomashie puts it “Drama embodies the aspirations of people and involves the interaction between traditional values and the demands of modern life. Drama gives us an insight into our history, philosophy, religion, creativity and experiences”.

Below is an outline of activities to mark the event:

 

 

Click to View Calender of Events for The 2014 National Theatre Season

 

OSAGYEFO DR. KWAME NKRUMAH’S BIRTHPLACE CAN BECOME THE MECCA OF AFRICA – TOURISM MINISTER

NAFAC2014The Western Regional Version of the 2014 National Festival of Arts and Culture has been held in Takoradi with a call on Ghanaians especially the institutions engaged in Heritage promotion and Preservation to design and market sites such as the Dr. Kwame Nkrumah’s birthplace.

 

According to Hon. Mrs. Elizabeth Ofosu-Adjare, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts, the birth place of Osagyefo can become the Mecca of Pan Africanism and liberation seekers. “The name Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah in itself is a Brand for Ghana. This is the time for harnessing and harvesting the economic potentials of such a towering political figure of Ghana and the African continent.

 

The Minister noted that maximizing the gains from the country’s quest to use our rich culture and the creative arts as a driver for accelerated tourism growth makes it imperative that relevant policies and institutions are put in place. She said it is in furtherance of achieving the above that the Ministry is putting in place the necessary legal and regulatory framework for the creative arts sector.

 

Mrs. Ofosu-Adjare also announced that consultative process were underway towards establishing a Creative Arts Council, something that requires broader stakeholder engagements to seek inputs of players in the sector.

 

In line with the major objectives of the Ministry aimed at creating job and income generating opportunities for the youth in Tourism and Creative Arts Industry, the Minister disclosed that the Ministry with the support of the Japanese Government is rolling out a training programme in handicraft production for about three thousand Ghanaian youth across the country.  Equipment and training kits are being procured to ensure an effective training programme.

The Minister was quick to add that to promote reading and writing and rekindle the creative potentials of the Ghanaian youth, the Ministry had declared the whole of September 2014 a Theatre Season.  An important segment of this programme is the Senior High School National Drama Festival which is scheduled for 25th -27th September, 2014.  She reminded the students who will converge in Accra for the event to use the opportunity to promote a healthy socio-cultural bonding among themselves.

 

The Minister also used the occasion to inaugurate the Regional Advisory Committee of the Centre for National Culture.  The Committee, among other things, is to assist the Regional Office to design programmes; mobilise the necessary human and material resources for the implementation of the Region’s programmes; and develop a database of the Creative Industry practitioners in the Region.

 

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