Vice President Visits Victims of the Kintampo Waterfalls Disaster


The Vice President of the Republic of Ghana, Alhaji Dr. Mahamadu Bawumia together with the Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Hon. Catherine Afeku visited the victims of the Kintampo Waterfalls to console and encourage students of the Wenchi Methodist Senior High School, where most of the victims of the Sunday 19th March, 2017 disaster schooled. On behalf of the Government of the Republic of Ghana, financial assistance was provided to the families of the bereaved, as well as the injured, who were visited at the Kintampo Municipal Hospital.

Minister Appeals for Korean Investment in The Tourism, Arts and Culture Sector

The Minister for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mrs. Catherine Afeku, has appealed for more Korean investments in the culture, Arts and tourism sector.

According to the Minister, Tourism, Culture and Arts is one sure way of building a country’s economy and has therefore suggested the institution of a technical team comprising of officials from the Ministry and the Korean Embassy to work towards strengthening further the bilateral relationship, particular in the area of an exchange programme for practitioners within the sector.

The Minister made the appeal during a courtesy call on her by the Korean Ambassador to Ghana, His Excellency Wooln – Ki Lyeo to formally introduce himself to the Minister and also to discuss areas the two countries could collaborate more.

She also requested of the Ambassador, the facilitation of a familiar visit to Korea to boost investment drive into the sector.

His Excellency, Wooln – Ki Lyeo was appreciative of the warm reception and assured the Minister of Korea’s commitment to Ghana.

The three keys areas of interest which came up during the discussion were

1.      Investment drive within the sector

2.      Working visit to Korea

      3.      Establishment of a joint technical team to come up with programmes for the mutual benefits of both countries.

Minister Unveils Leadership of Creative Arts Council


The Minister for Tourism, Arts and Culture has unveiled the leadership of the proposed Creative Arts Council in Accra.

This act is in fulfillment of government's commitment to establishing a Creative Arts Council to coordinate and harmonize the various interest and fragmented associations into a well-functioning body which will protect the interests of its members in addition to providing an effective interface between government and all other stake holders.

The 3-member team’s mandate is to consult with industry practitioners throughout the country to determine who should constitute the Council and the numbers and advise government accordingly.

According to the Mrs. Afeku, the selection of the leadership which comprise of Mr. Mark Okraku-Mantey, Gyankromah Akufu-Addo and Bibi Bright as President, Director and Secretary respectively was done in consultation with practitioners and it’s a true representation of what the industry needs.

 

She assured them of the ministry’s support in achieving this objective and thus appealed to practitioners to also support the leadership in their work.

Minister Calls for a China-Ghana Tourism Programme Rollout


The Minister for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mrs. Catherine Afeku has called for the promotion of a special tourism package dubbed China-Ghana Tourism aimed at getting middle-Level Chinese tourists to visit Ghana throughout the year.

The programme would entail the putting together of a special tourism packages for Chinese tourists to visit heritage and cultural sites in Ghana with the object of making Ghana the preferred choice for Chinese Tourists in Africa.

Mrs. Afeku made the call during a courtesy call on her by the Chinese Ambassador to Ghana, H.E Sun Baohong to congratulate the former on her appointment as Minister and also to discuss ways of expanding further the cooperation between the two countries.

She also appealed to the People’s Republic of China to assist in renovating the National Theatre as part of their contribution towards Ghana’s 60th Independence Anniversary.

Ambassador Sun, lauded Ghana’s rich culture and creative arts potential which according to her is manifest in our festivals, dance and music.

She enumerated some of the support her country has extended to the sector and assured the Minister of her government’s continuous support in the area of logistics, cultural exchange programmes, student exchange programmes and in other related fields.

The Ambassador was accompanied by Mr. Jiang Zhouteng, Counsellor and Tang Ruiqun of their Political Section.

BIOFIL TOILET FACILITY FOR NZULEZU

The Ministry’s commitment to promoting sustainable tourism received another boost with the provision of 10 Biofil Toilet facility at Nzulezu – the village on stilts by the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts, Mrs. Elizabeth Ofosu-Adjare on Thursday, November 24, 2016. The facility which was funded by UNWTO is the first of its kind to be built on stilts and it is expected to help improve sanitation whilst sustaining the livelihood of the indigenes.

 

GREATER ACCRA REGION TO HOST NAFAC 2016


DSC 0104At last, NAFAC 2014 has successfully ended. The event witnessed thrilling and artistic display of Ghana’s unique, rich and authentic culture and creative arts endowments that makes the country the must see destination.

H.E. President John Dramani Mahama graced the grand durbar of chiefs, and used the occasion to call on Ghanaians to denounce foreign activities and cultures that are alien, detrimental and inimical to development.

He called on Ghanaians to be appreciative of the traditional diversity and unity that exists among all the people of the country adding: “’It is not a mistake that we live in peace even with traditional and cultural diversity, for God knows why he put us together.”

On her part, Mrs. Elizabeth Ofosu-Adjare, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts said government was working closely with the Ministry to complete all outstanding cultural infrastructure particularly the regional centres for National Culture with active involvement of the private sector. She promised to turn around tourism and cultural activities that would make Ghana the best tourist destination on the African continent.

The 2014 National Festival of Arts and Culture (NAFAC), held in Sunyani in the Brong Ahafo Region, was on the theme: “The Creative Arts industry and Tourism- a platform for National Development.”

The programme which was organised by the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts in collaboration with the Ministry of Chieftaincy and Traditional Affairs and the Regional Coordinating Council attracted traditional authorities, ministers of state, the clergy and dancing groups from all the administrative districts of the country.

‘Oxford Street International Fair’

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Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts in partnership with Streetfairsinternational and Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) is organising a two day international fair under the theme; ‘Oxford Street International fair’  on Dec. 20 – 21, 2014 at Osu Oxford Street, Accra.

 

The event, which seeks to promote made in Ghana goods and assembles over 300 businesses, is expected to host corporate businesses dealing in souvenirs, artworks and artefacts, clothing and accessories, electronics, cosmetics, automobiles, fashion, home décor, foods and drinks and published educational materials, among other items.

 

Choosing the Oxford Street as the venue for the event of this event is borne out of the need to add more flavours to an already glowing and busy trade environment beaming with assorted foods, drinks, locally produced clothing materials christened as tie and dye and all manner of goods.

 

Objectives

 

The event’s ultimate goals among other things include:

  • Creating conducive marketing atmosphere for sellers and buyers alike to meet their aspirations and also to ensure optimal maximisation of mutual satisfaction.
  • Enhancing the patronage of made in Ghana goods
  • Providing a platform for networking and building enterprise relationships
  • Enhancing the taste and appetite of Ghanaians to become avid consumers of their locally made goods, more especially deliciously rich Ghanaian dishes.
  • Providing opportunity for entrepreneurship since there is available market for made in Ghana products.
  • Promoting unity in diversity since all Ghanaians irrespective of the differences in tribes and cultures will be brought together under one umbrella for merry making and realisation.

 

 

 Acknowledgement of Sponsors

 

The following institutions, companies and / or organisations have supported the event:

  • IPMC
  • West Africa Tyre services (Subsidiary of Rana Group of Companies)
  • Bel-Aqua
  • Topp Core
  • Starbow
  • Additionally, some corporate institutions which are participating in the celebration of the event include:
  • TechnoServe
  • Blueskies
  • UB Comestics
  • Wienco Agriculture
  • Sanita Consumer Products
  • Lara Mart Super Market
  • Alive  and Kicking
  • Frankies, Osu
  • Telefonika
  • Indomie

 

 The event, which is held bi-annually and comes with pomp and pageantry, will re-enact the Ghanaian cultural values and virtues for nation building and economic development with benefits that will inure to Ghanaians and the development of our motherland, Ghana.

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