Highlights of the 2017 Budget for Creative art and Tourism sector

Finance Minister, Hon. Ken Ofori-Attah, today, November 13, presented the nation’s budget for 2020, on the floor of parliament. Enewsgh.com brings you highlights of the budget for the Creative Art...
Barbara Oteng Gyasi, Ghana's minister for tourism, culture and creative arts

Finance Minister, Hon. Ken Ofori-Attah, today, November 13, presented the nation’s budget for 2020, on the floor of parliament.

Enewsgh.com brings you highlights of the budget for the Creative Art and Tourism sector headed by Hon. Barbara Oteng Gyasi:

MIINISTRY OF TOURISM, ARTS AND CULTURE

2019 Performance and Outlook for 2020

Tourism Product Development Programme

  • A Special Purpose Vehicle was constituted to speed up the implementation of the Marine Drive Tourism Investment Project. The project worth about US$1.2 billion is expected to create about 600,000 jobs.
  • Under the “See Ghana, Eat Ghana, Wear Ghana, Feel Ghana” campaign, the Ministry declared the month of March as a “Wear Ghana” month. The Ministry will continue to promote this activity to promote jobs and income for Ghanaians in 2020.
  • The Ministry is collaborating with the Forestry Commission and a Private Investor to develop Kakum National Park in Central Region, Ankasa Forest Reserve in Western Region, Bomfobiri Wildlife Sanctuary in the Ashanti and Shai Hills Resource Reserve in the Greater Accra Region as ecotourism sites of international standards. In 2020, the Ministry will finalise development plans for implementation to increase visitation, jobs and income for the communities.
  • The Ministry organised the National Chocolate Day under the theme: “Eat Ghana, Eat Chocolate”, in all the regions on 14th February, 2019. The Ministry will continue to promote this annual activity to create the needed attention for the sector.
  • The Ministry organized paragliding festival in April for the Easter festivities and also in September as part of the commemoration of the 2019 United Nations World Tourism Day.
  • Ghana was selected by the UNWTO to host the Women in Tourism Empowerment Programme (WITEP) in November 2019. The Conference will attract about 600 participants from countries across the African Continent.
  • The Ministry completed preparatory works for implementation of the Ghana Tourism Development Project. The tourist sites to be upgraded across the country under the Project will include: Mole Game Reserve, Paga Crocodile Pond, Wli Waterfalls, Shai Hills, Aburi Gardens, James Town Lighthouse, Victoria Park, Elmina Castle, Ankasa Forest, Kakum National Park, Bonwire Kente Village, Kumasi Zoo and Ashanti Traditional Buildings.

Tourism Research and Marketing

783 Mr. Speaker, in order to better position Ghana on the World Tourism Market, the Ministry participated in 15 International Tourism Fairs and programmes in Malaysia, Japan, the United Kingdom, Russia, United States of America, Azerbaijan, South Africa, Cape Verde, St. Vincent and Grenadines, Israel, China Netherlands, Spain and Germany. The Ministry will continue to embark on its marketing strategy by participating in international fairs and exhibitions to attract the needed investment to the sector.

  • Mr. Speaker, to encourage the speaking, writing, publishing and use of Ghanaian languages, the Bureau of Ghana Languages (BGL) observed the celebration of the International Mother Tongue Day on 21st February, 2019. In 2020, the Ministry will continue to pursue its efforts in the development of Ghanaian languages to encourage the youth and the general public to pride themselves as Ghanaians using their mother tongue in their everyday activities.

Tourism Quality Assurance Programme

  • Mr. Speaker, in line with establishing a leading professional hospitality and catering skills training centre, the Hotel, Catering and Tourism Training Institute (HOTCATT) developed a strategic plan and service delivery standard to guide training within the sector. HOTCATT will commence operation in 2020.
  • Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA) inspected and licensed 9,374 tourism enterprises to improve quality service delivery. These consist of 4,783 formal establishments and 4,591 informal enterprises. In 2020, GTA will continue to inspect and license 10,000 tourism enterprises.

Culture, Creative Arts and Heritage Management Programme

  • Mr. Speaker, the Creative Arts Industry Bill is at Cabinet for consideration. The Act will amongst others establish the Creative Arts Fund and an Agency to promote the Industry. The Act will enable government to organize the Creative Arts industry and create an enabling environment through direct and indirect support for practitioners and industry players to impact on national development.
  • The Ministry through the Ghana National Folklore Board (NFB) launched the Ghana Folklore Clubs to encourage young children to identify and also expose them to the beauty of our folklore. NFB also registered about 90 users of folklore. In 2020, NFB will establish a Sankofa TV Show; implement the National Story Book Project; the Cultural Tourism Project; and develop an online folklore store.

MINISTRY OF ENVIRONMENT, SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION

2019 Performance and Outlook for 2020

Management and Administration Programme

  • Mr. Speaker, the Ministry commissioned a training centre, a health post and football pitch at Old Fadama to enhance sound dismantling of Waste of Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE). This is expected to minimize their adverse impact on human health and the environment from the unsound management of e-waste. Implementation of the National Integrated E-waste Management Programme is also on-going. The construction of a Handover Centre (HOC) will commence in 2020 under the Financial Cooperation Project at the premises of the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission (GAEC).
  1. Tourism Research and Marketing
  2. Mr. Speaker, in order to better position Ghana on the World Tourism Market, the Ministry participated in 15 International Tourism Fairs and programmes in Malaysia, Japan, the United Kingdom, Russia, United States of America, Azerbaijan, South Africa, Cape Verde, St. Vincent and Grenadines, Israel, China Netherlands, Spain and Germany. The Ministry will continue to embark on its

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marketing strategy by participating in international fairs and exhibitions to attract the needed investment to the sector.

  1. Mr. Speaker, to encourage the speaking, writing, publishing and use of Ghanaian languages, the Bureau of Ghana Languages (BGL) observed the celebration of the International Mother Tongue Day on 21st February, 2019. In 2020, the Ministry will continue to pursue its efforts in the development of Ghanaian languages to encourage the youth and the general public to pride themselves as Ghanaians using their mother tongue in their everyday activities.

Tourism Quality Assurance Programme

  1. Mr. Speaker, in line with establishing a leading professional hospitality and catering skills training centre, the Hotel, Catering and Tourism Training Institute (HOTCATT) developed a strategic plan and service delivery standard to guide training within the sector. HOTCATT will commence operation in 2020.
  2. Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA) inspected and licensed 9,374 tourism enterprises to improve quality service delivery. These consist of 4,783 formal establishments and 4,591 informal enterprises. In 2020, GTA will continue to inspect and license 10,000 tourism enterprises.

Culture, Creative Arts and Heritage Management Programme

  1. Mr. Speaker, the Creative Arts Industry Bill is at Cabinet for consideration. The Act will amongst others establish the Creative Arts Fund and an Agency to promote the Industry. The Act will enable the government to organize the Creative Arts industry and create an enabling environment through direct and indirect support for practitioners and industry players to impact on national development.
  • The Ministry through the Ghana National Folklore Board (NFB) launched the Ghana Folklore Clubs to encourage young children to identify and also expose them to the beauty of our folklore. NFB also registered about 90 users of folklore. In 2020, NFB will establish a Sankofa TV Show; implement the National Story Book Project; the Cultural Tourism Project; and develop an online folklore store.

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