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SPEECH DELIVERED BY THE MINISTER OF TOURISM, ARTS AND CULTURE, HON. BARBARA OTENG-GYASI ON THE OCCASION OF UNVEILING THE SEVEN PILLARS OF BEYOND THE RETURN AT THE NATIONAL THEATRE ON 27TH SEPTEMBER, 2020

 

THE HON MINISTER

MINISTERS AND DEPUTY MINISTERS OF STATE

MEMBERS OF THE DIPLOMATIC CORPS

BOARD MEMBERS OF THE GHANA TOURISM AUTHORITY

DIRECTORS AND HEADS OF AGENCIES OF THE MINISTRIES

DEPARTMENTS AND AGENCIES

MEMBERS OF THE STEERING COMMITTEE- “BEYOND THE RETURN”

DISTINGUISHED GUESTS

OUR FRIENDS FROM THE MEDIA

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN

 

 

 

It’s a great pleasure to be at this important gathering on the ‘Beyond the Return’ Initiative, which seeks to build on our competitive edge in attracting and building a mutual relationship with the African diasporic community. The ‘Beyond the Return’ Initiative is set to build on the gains made from the highly successful ‘Year of Return’ campaign.

  • Ladies and Gentlemen, the ‘Beyond the Return’ initiative, is an opportunity that allows for cross-fertilisation of ideas, policy directions and implementation of strategies to make Ghana more attractive as the destination for tourism, trade and investment on the African continent, especially for the African diasporic community.

The African diasporic community who dream of returning to Africa and having a home here on the continent are confronted with the uncertainty of which African country they could call ‘Home’.

This sad reality, has not stopped Ghana from showing leadership in positioning the country as the Homeland for returning diasporans. Over the years, Ghana has received personalities like W.E.B. Dubois, Maya Angelou, Frantz Fanon, Martin Luther King Jr, Coretta Scott King, Mohammad Ali, Malcolm X and Benjamin Zephaniah. Indeed, Rita Marley, Louis Armstrong, Steve Harvey, Isaac Hayes and many others who have all traced their roots to Ghana.

It was therefore, not surprising that the ‘Year of Return’ Initiative, became a momentous and trailblazing effort at diaspora engagement on the African continent in recent memory.

His Excellency President Nana Addo-Dankwa Akufo-Addo  on September 20th 2018 in Washington D.C., U.S.A, declared 2019 as the ‘Year of Return’ to commemorate the 400th anniversary since the arrival of the first twenty African slaves to the Commonwealth of Virginia. The ‘Year of Return’ provided Ghana with the unique opportunity to establish the country as the preferred destination and homeland for people of African descent globally.

Distinguished Guest, on November 27th 2019, President Akufo-Addo also conferred Ghanaian citizenship on one hundred and twenty-six Diasporans. On that august occasion the President stated as follows: “we recognize our unique position as the location for 75% of the slave dungeons built on the West Coast of Africa, through which the slaves were transported. That is why we have a responsibility to extend a hand of welcome back home to Africans in the diaspora”.

Ladies and Gentlemen, Ghana today has become more attractive than ever before to tourists and investors from the diasporan community and all over the world. They have embraced what we have done with the ‘Year of Return’ commemorating the 400th Anniversary of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade and celebrating African resilience.

It is in synergy with the ‘Year of Return’, that we have initiated the ‘Beyond the Return’ project spanning a ten-year period 2020-2030 to consolidate the gains made in 2019. This 10-year plan under the theme, “A Decade of Renaissance-2020-2030”. The very premise of this Initiative is to create a mutually beneficial co-operation with the African diasporic community.

In the light of this, Ghana is developing a Homeland Return legislation to facilitate various forms of migration and integration into the country. Ghana as the leader of Pan-Africanism through the Homeland Return Act, will offer opportunity for citizenship to our brothers and sisters. They will be embraced for the positive values they embody and there will be equal and full opportunity for them to contribute to all aspects of civic and political life, to the ultimate benefit of the country and our diaspora citizens.

At the start of the New Year, we had many plans to jumpstart Beyond the Return including our participation in the New York Travel Show. We had plans to travel and be featured as part of the annual Memphis in May festival in the United States, but unfortunately, COVID-19 struck. 

As we are all aware, the COVID-19 pandemic has brought lifestyle-shattering protocols and direct impact on national economies. In terms of the tourism and hospitality industry, the UNWTO reports that the potential impact shows that this year there will be 850 million to 1.1 billion fewer international tourist arrivals, US$910 billion to US$1.2 trillion loss in export revenues from tourism and 100 to 120 million direct tourism jobs being at risk.

Despite what is happening in the World, our global African family, continues to express their desire to come home to Africa and to Ghana. We are ready to welcome you and provide the most positive experience as you make the decision to connect with Ghana through travel, investments, community services, business collaborations and repatriation.

During the Year of Return, we received feedback on the issues of concern to our diasporic community in planning to return to Ghana. We also heard from our fellow Ghanaians about ways we could work towards integrating them in our activities to create a more inclusive environment for both the diaspora and Ghanaians. We have heard you, and various stakeholder institutions are working diligently to incorporate all your suggestions.

Beyond the Return is a 10-year initiative that will serve to strengthen ties with our global African diaspora. Each of the 7 pillars being unveiled today, touches on the many areas that are key to developing Ghana and providing an environment that supports the diaspora. In developing the pillars for the Beyond the Return, we took into consideration the many questions, concerns, and feedback we received from the diaspora and local communities during and after the Year of Return.

Africa is the future and building it will be a collaborative effort between continental Africans and the historical diaspora. Together, we can shape the future and revitalize our continent into the greatness it was destined for. Through establishing business opportunities, celebrating culture, learning our history and heritage, providing innovations, giving back to our local community… we rise and change the narrative of Africa.

Ladies and gentlemen, we thank you for joining us on this day and look forward to the next decade as we experience the African Renaissance, together.

May God bless us all and Our Homeland Ghana!

LONG LIVE THE AFRICAN DIASPORA

LONG LIVE AFRICA

STATEMENT DELIVERED BY THE SENIOR MINISTER, HON. YAW OSAFO- MAAFO AT THE CEREMONY TO UNVEIL THE PILLARS OF BEYOND THE RETURN PROGRAMME AT THE NATIONAL THEATRE ON 9TH SEPTEMBER, 2020

 

Colleague Ministers

Members of the Press,

Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen,

 

We have gathered here this morning to unveil the pillars of the ‘Beyond the Return’ programme, a successor programme to the “Year of Return” whose benefits and contributions towards the development of the Tourism and Cultural Industry thus far cannot be overemphasized. Before I continue, let me acknowledge the efforts the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, the Ghana Tourism Authority and all their collaborators are making to implement this flagship programmes of the Government.

 

Ladies and gentlemen, one cannot speak of Beyond the Return without mentioning the Year of Return in 2019 which was a major landmark campaign targeting the Historical African Community outside our continent. The tourism initiative invited black people from across the diaspora to return to the African continent in 2019 to mark the 400 years since slave ships leaving West African coasts had carried their ancestors to the Americas.   By this, Ghana became the beacon for African people living on the continent and the diaspora. The Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA) under the auspices of the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture led the project in collaboration with the Office of Diaspora Affairs at the Office of the President, the Panafest Foundation, and the Adinkra Group of USA.

Ladies and gentlemen, distinguished members of the press, towards this follow-up project, the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture has inaugurated a 17-member steering committee, co-chaired by Mr. Akwasi Awua Ababio, Director of Diaspora Affairs, Office of the President, and Mr. Kwame Boateng, Board Member of the Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA). A 10-year plan to build on the momentum of the Year of Return under the theme "A Decade of Renaissance-2020-2030" has been rolled out to encourage investment to help improve the heritage infrastructure of the country, among others.

 

Over the next decade, the project seeks to consolidate the gains of the Year of Return and grow tourism in the country, showcase its investment potentials and solidify its diaspora engagement programmes to promote the African Renaissance under the following Seven Pillars:

 

  1. EXPERIENCE GHANA - The core of this pillar is the invitation to the Global African family to visit and experience Ghana. Creating memorable experiences through Sankofa and healing journeys, cultural events, festivals, entertainment, nightlife, culinary experience and December in Ghana are key to establishing long-term connections with the Ghanaian and African Diaspora.

 

  1. INVEST IN GHANA - This pillar will create special investment programmes and ease of doing business for the diasporan. Key activities will be the Diaspora Investment programmes, Sankofa Savings accounts and Diaspora Housing Schemes.

 

  1. DIASPORA PATHWAYS TO GHANA - This pillar will see to the adoption of legal and policy frameworks on visa acquisition (e-visa) and the institution of a diaspora visa. It will facilitate key diaspora pathway programmes such as Citizenship Programmes, Educational and Work Exchanges, Residence and Work Permits.

 

  1. CELEBRATE GHANA – This will create a sense of national consciousness anchored on key cultural festivals, media programmes, adoption of contemporary festivals unto the national calendar and promotion of domestic tourism.

 

  1. BRAND GHANA –This pillar seeks to promote Ghana as a leading tourism destination and a hub for the African renaissance. It will craft a new narrative on Ghana and strategically promote Ghana to the world.

 

  1. GIVE BACK TO GHANA – This pillar will foster a new sense of community service and giving that will create ongoing legacies for the project. Service areas will include tree planting, community clean-ups and adoption of certain community impact projects

 

  1. PROMOTE PAN AFRICAN HERITAGE & INNOVATION - This pillar will focus on promoting Pan-African and Ghanaian heritage and developing pilgrimage infrastructure around sites of memory. Development of tourism infrastructure for target sites will be extended beyond the highly frequented sites of Cape Coast and Elmina dungeons to such areas as the Salaga Slave Market in the Northern Region, Pikworo Slave Camp in the Upper East Region, Assin Manso where the slaves had the last bath and the first Auction and branding took place in the Central Region. The Slaves after the branding at Assin Manso head towards the various castles at Elmina, Cape Caost among others.  All of which are essential parts of the history of slavery in Ghana.

 

Distinguished ladies and gentlemen and members of the press, we must help make Ghana the place for investment, progress and prosperity, and not a place from where our youth flee in the hope of accessing the proverbial greener pastures, or for “a better life in Europe or the Americas.”

 

Distinguished ladies and gentlemen and members of the press, may I make a clarion call to the Steering Committee, stakeholders, and all Ghanaians that consolidating the gains after the Year of Return is not just enough, the plans and programmes you put in place for the “Beyond the Return” agenda must seek to not just attract tourists into the country, rather it must be geared towards attracting the best pool of talent from people in the diaspora with African descent to return and contribute their skills, knowledge and wealth to the development of Africa especially Ghana; within these 7 pillars are efforts we are seeking to harness the expertise of Africans across the globe to transform the continent and provide a very welcoming business environment for direct investments into our economies. The Beyond the Return agenda must focus on “brain gain”, albeit the push and pull factors that have been attributed to brain drain in our continent must be consciously addressed by initiatives such as this.

 

It is worthy of note that, Africans in the diaspora are comprised of professionals who possess the right skills mix constructive to economic development of Africa and are keen to make contributions to the continent.  Fields of research and development, commerce, technology, analytics, and industrialization is the way to go.

I believe that this should be a central theme for all programmes and activities that would be designed for this agenda.

 

Members of the press, distinguished ladies and gentlemen, it is my singular honor to formally outdoor the Pillars of the Beyond the Return programme and hope that these pillars will firmly drive the “Beyond the Return” project to do more for Ghana.

 

Thank you all for your attention and May God Bless Our Homeland Ghana.

GHANA OUTDOORS 7 FOUNDATION PILLARS FOR 'BEYOND THE RETURN

 

9th September,2020.

In the quest of the Government of Ghana to project Ghana on the global tourism map by attracting diasporas across the globe into the country, the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture (MOTAC) has launched the 7 Pillars foundation christen as “Beyond the year of return,” after the successful organization of 2019 year of return event in Ghana.   

These 7 foundation pillars seek to primarily spur the socio economic improvement of the nation by rebranding Ghana’s image on the international scene, given that the Akuffo Addo government viewed the tourism sector as a game changer in diversifying the country’s economy.

At the launch of the event, the Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Hon. Lawyer Barbara Oteng-Gyasi indicated that Beyond the Return project will cement Ghana’s relationship with the global African family and the rest of the African continent by given Ghana a competitive urge to attract people with diasporic identity and international tourists into the country.

Hon. Barbara Oteng Gyasi, emphasized that the 7 pillars project is a cross fertilization of ideas and policy direction that establishes strong connections with the diasporic community and also has a propensity of attracting investors into the country.

She indicated that Despite the Covid -19 pandemic, the diasporic community continues to express their commitment to return to Ghana in particular and Africa at large. In this regard Ghana by extension has open its arms in welcoming the diasporas to be an integral part of Ghana’s Culture.

 Hon. Barbara Gyasi, stressed that the 7 pillars of the Beyond the year of Return underscores the socio-economic advancement of the nation, whiles urging all and sundry in the country to endeavor to embrace it in order to become a reality.

 Hon. Oteng-Gyasi disclosed that the country is currently fashioning out a modality to implement a 'Homeland Return' legislation to ease the return of the diasporic community in Ghana and be duly integrated into the Ghana’s culture.

She further entreated the diasporas to endeavor to return to their motherland Ghana and Africa in order for their dignity to be protected.

On his part Mr. Akwesi Agyeman who doubles as the CEO of the Ghana Tourism Authority(GTA), for the Beyond the Return Steering Committeeas the Coordinator of the Beyond the Return Steering Committee, stressed that the Beyond the Return initiative is an agenda, that is going to ignite a deeper conversation among the global African family to the rest African countries.

The Senior Minister, Hon. Yaw Osafo-Maafo who performed the unveiling of the 7 pillars of Beyond the Year of Return programme in Accra, remarked that the initiative is a 10-year master plan to build on the successes gained in the Year of Return event, under the theme "A Decade of Renaissance-2020-2030.

According to him, the project is to also help encourage investors to help build on the African heritage infrastructure and for that matter Ghana.

He said Beyond the Return should not just build on the Year of Return but rather, it must be anchored on attracting the best pool of talent from the diasporic community to return and contribute substantially to the knowledge gap and wealth for the development of Ghana and Africa at large.

Hon. Yaw Osafo-Maafo intimated that the 7 pillars are the government of Akuffo Addo’s administration quest to harness the expertise of Africans across the globe to facilitate Ghana’s transformational agenda.

THE 7 PILLARS.

The seven (7) Pillars foundation were outlined as follows:

 Experience Ghana

The object of this pillar invite the Global African family to visit and experience Ghana. Creating memorable experiences through Sankofa and healing journeys, cultural events, festivals, entertainment, nightlife, culinary experience and December in Ghana are key to establishing long-term connections with the Ghanaian and African Diaspora.

 

Invest in Ghana

This pillar is to create special investment programmes and ease of doing business for the diasporas. Key activities will be the Diaspora Investment programmes, Sankofa Savings accounts and Diaspora Housing Schemes.

 

Diaspora Pathways to Ghana

This pillar will see to the adoption of legal and policy frameworks on visa acquisition (e-visa) and the institution of a diaspora visa. It will also facilitate key diaspora pathway programmes such as Citizenship Programmes, Educational and Work Exchanges, Residence and Work Permits.

 

 

 

Celebrate Ghana

This is to create a sense of national consciousness anchored on key cultural festivals, media programmes, adoption of contemporary festivals unto the national calendar and promotion of domestic tourism.

 

Brand Ghana

This pillar seeks to promote Ghana as a leading tourism destination and a hub for the African renaissance. It will craft a new narrative on Ghana and strategically promote Ghana to the world.

 

Give Back to Ghana

This pillar will foster a new sense of community service and giving that will create ongoing legacies for the project. Service areas will include tree planting, community clean-ups and adoption of certain community impact projects.

 

Promote Pan African Heritage & Innovation

This pillar will focus on promoting Pan-African and Ghanaian heritage and developing pilgrimage infrastructure around sites of memory. Development of tourism infrastructure for target sites will be extended beyond the highly frequented sites of Cape Coast and Elmina dungeons to such areas as the Salaga Slave Market in the Savannah region and many other areas which played a role in the slavery history.

 

 

The event was attended by some high ranking government officials, and a broad spectrum of the Diaspora community and some Captains and stakeholders in the Ghana’s tourism industry.

To ensure successful implementation of this Beyond the Year of Return programme. The committee is to be co-chaired by the Board Member of the GTA, Mr. Kwame Boateng and Mr. Akwasi Awua Ababio of the Office of the Diasporas Affairs at the Flagg Staff House. Other Members of the committee were the Acting Chief Director of the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mr. John Yao Agbeko, the Reps from the Ghana Tourism Authority are Mr. Ben Anane Nsiah, Mrs. Roberta Dawson Amoah and Mr. Eko Sampson.

Whiles other representatives were from the Ministry of National Security Mr. Lawrence Kofi Azuma, the Panafest Foundation, Prof. Esi Sutherland, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Mrs. Khadijah Iddrisu, Ghana Police Service Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of operations Dr. Shaibu Pabi, the Ghana Immigration Service Ms. Edith Arhin, the GIPC, Mr. Yofi Grant, the Ghana National theatre Mrs. Amy Appiah Frimpong, Jessica Ayivor, and some rep from the African American Association of Ghana (AAAG).

THE ENTREPRENEURS FOUNDATION OF GHANA PAYS COURTESY CALL ON THE HON. MINISTER OF TOURISM, ARTS AND CULTURE

The Entrepreneurs Foundation of Ghana paid a courtesy call on the Minister for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Hon. Barbara Oteng Gyasi on 30th September, 2020 at her office. The visit was at the request of the Foundation and it was to enable the minister receive an award on behalf of the President of the Republic of Ghana, H.E. Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo Addo in honour of the role he played during the COVID- 19 pandemic, particularly for his provision of Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs). It was also in recognition of his example of promoting African wear. His wearing of African Print shirts according to Mr Sam Ato Gaisie, the President of the Entrepreneurs Foundation of Ghana is one of the ways he has helped to champion Made in Ghana goods locally and internationally. He says by his example, he has supported with the marketing of Ghana to the entire world, particularly during the Year of Return 2019 Programme and Beyond the Return, 2020. On her part, the Minister for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Hon. Barbara Oteng Gyasi expressed her privilege to receive the award on behalf of the President for Promoting Made in Ghana goods, and for the role the president played during the covid 19 pandemic. Background The Entrepreneurs Foundation of Ghana for the past ten years have given recognition to entrepreneurs who excel in their various enterprises through an awards ceremony. For the first time in the history of the association, a virtual awards night was organised to recognize them, due to the ban on conferences and social activities announced by the President of the Republic of Ghana to curtail the spread of covid 19 pandemic. The virtual broadcast took place on TV3 Network, GTV, UTV and live streaming on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram on Saturday 18th July 2020 at 5pm from Movenpick Ambassador Hotel. The award sought to honour entrepreneurs and business executives who have built a legacy and have demonstrated entrepreneurial leadership, sustained business performance, integrity, vision, innovation within the past decade and the year under review. Present at the meeting with the minister were the Director of Human Resource, Mr Vittus Otto Langmagne and Mrs Mabel Cudjoe, Ag. Director of Research at the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture and Mr Alvin Ekow Gaisie, also from the Entrepreneurs Foundation of Ghana.

Ministry Overview

The Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture was renamed in 2017 through Executive Instrument E.I28 Civil Service (Ministries) Instrument, 2017 by His Excellency the President, Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo to replace the then Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts. The Ministry’s policy directive is to provide a firm, stable policy environment for effective mainstreaming of Ghanaian arts and culture into all aspects of national life. This it is believed will help in ensuring the emergence of a strong, vibrant and creative environment that would help improve and advance the Tourism, Arts and Culture industry in Ghana.


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