The Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Honourable Barbara Oteng Gyasi has inaugurated a Film Classification committee under the chairmanship of Mr Socrates Safo, a seasoned Film Producer in the country.


According to her the committee is to preview and classify any Film advertisement intended to churn out Movie and Film content consumption of the Ghanaian citizenry.


She stressed that the Film Classification committee is to help open a new Chapter in the development of the Ghanaian Film industry.


Hon. Barbara Oteng Gyasi, indicated that the committee will work to ensure that the country derives the optimum financial reward in Film Production and this is expected to change the narratives in the Ghanaian movie industry, position stakeholders well such as will help them derive maximum benefits from the industry.


Hon. Barbara Oteng Gyasi, made these remarks at the inauguration of a Film Classification committee in Accra, on 14th May, 2020.


She stressed that her outfit attaches great importance to the work of the classification committee, as established by the Film Act 935 of 2016, considering that it is a multi-billion dollar sector, which must be protected for the betterment of the Ghanaian people.


Hon. Barbara Oteng Gyasi, further entreated the committee to discharge their duties without bias or favour to any group or persons in the Film industry.  This according to her will help advance the socio-cultural and economic benefit of any Ghanaian movie production.

On his part, the Chairman of the classification committee, Mr. Socrates Safo, assured film-loving fans in Ghana and the Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Hon. Barbara Oteng-Gyasi, of his unflinching support and together with his team pledged to deliver effectively on the assigned mandate.

He was quick to lament that as a producer, what baffled him a lot is the unprofessional way Film Maker’s flood the Ghanaian market with content which have negative impact on the viewing public particularly the youth, and promised that under his tutelage, the issue would be tackled.

A veteran actor, who also doubles as the Chairman of the National Film Authority (NFA) and also the Chairman for the occasion, Mr. David Dontoh, used the occasion to appeal to stakeholders in the movie production industry in the country, to collaborate with the classification committee to improve their enterprises to enable them compete globally to rake in the much needed revenue for the country.


The Film Classification Committee is a body under the NFA with the sole purpose of benchmarking the categorization, classification of all audio-visual materials such as Movies, Television Programmes and Music Videos, Standardization, and preview of Film content meant for public consumption.

Meanwhile the various institutional representation on the classification committee are the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Information Services Department, National Commission on Culture, National Film and Television Institute, Film Producers Association, Ghana Police Service and the Copyright Office. The the rest are the Christian Council of Ghana, Federation of Muslim Council, Traditional Religious Authority, Ministry of Gender and Children and Social Protection and the National House of Chiefs.


The Minister of Tourism Arts and Culture, Hon. Barbara Oteng-Gyasi, has donated some personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) to the informal stakeholders within the Ghana’s tourism sector under the umbrella body of the Ghana Tourism Federation (GHATOF).

According to her, the donation was necessitated considering, the role stakeholders in the tourism sphere play to improve on the Ghana’s tourism industry, for the socio Cultural and economic enhancement of the country.

She said as practitioners in the tourism landscape they are supposed to adheres to all the protocols ascribed by the experts who are managing Covid-19 in Ghana, given that hospitality industry are most often, provides frontline services even in the wake of this pandemic situation, hence the donation of PPEs to them.

 Hon. Barbara Oteng-Gyasi, made this remarks during the presentation of some Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) to the Ghana Tourism Federation in Accra, on Thursday, 23rd April, 2020 in Accra, at the forecourt of the Tourism Ministry.

She hinted that her outfit is also making frantic effort for the practitioners in the Creative Arts Sector to get some financial support from the 600 Million Ghana Cedis stimulus package for SMEs offered by the government to cushion the economy.

On her part the President of Ghana Traditional Caterers Association, Madam Evelyn Sosoo Tay, receiving the equipment on behalf of her colleagues expressed her delight to the gesture from the sector Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Hon. Barbara Oteng-Gyasi.   

She however, promised that the PPEs would be utilized for their intended purposes and also be distributed to all their memberships across the country, in order to improve on the service delivery in the Ghana’s Tourism sector.

In a related development, Madam Stella Apenteng, who is the Managing Director of APSTAR Tours, on behalf of a committee set up by the Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA) to revamp the informal sector in the tourism value chain, also presented their Committee’s report to the sector Minister of Tourism, Hon. Barbara Oteng-Gyasi.

Hon. Barbara Oteng-Gyasi, then assured the committee of implementing the committee’s report to revitalize the Ghana, tourism landscape and further thanks them for their energy put into the report.

Meanwhile, the beneficiary institutions who received the Hon. Barbara Oteng-Gyasi’s donation are the Ghana Traditional Caterers Association, the Ghana Drinking Bar Association, and the Indigenous Caterers Association.

The donation items are 2,000 Veronica buckets and bowls, 24 boxes of sanitizers, 10,000 gloves, 32 boxes of liquid soap, 160 pieces of tissue paper, and 80 boxes of nose masks.


The Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Hon. Barbara Oteng-Gyasi, made a presentation of food items to some Veteran Actors and Musicians in Ghana.

According to her, the rationale behind her support to the Veteran Actors and Musicians was necessitated by the negative socio economic impact Covid-19 was having on them. Considering the contributions made by them to the industry

Which attracted many people to Ghanaian Music and Movies, the Ministry decided to show them this gesture.

She disclosed that, the Ministry had initiated an insurance scheme for them which is meant to cater for them in their old age. This according to the Hon. Minister was being handled by GLICO Insurance Company.

Hon. Barbara Oteng Gyasi, made these remarks during the presentation of food items to some aged Creative Arts practitioners in the country on 9th April, 2020 in Accra.

 She entreated on the well-meaning Ghanaians to adhere to the Covid-19 Protocols in safeguarding their lives from the threat of the Covid-19 pandemic.

She also stated that efforts are also being made by her outfit to allow the Creative Arts practitioners in the country benefit from a 40 Million US Dollar World Bank facility for the Tourism Ministry.

The beneficiaries who received the first tranche of items were Veteran Actors –Naa Amanua of Wulomei fame, Grace Nortey, Grace Omaboe aka Maame Dokono and Mr. Emmanuel Armah who have all received bags of rice, cooking oil, tomato paste, and tinned fish among others at their respective residences.

Meanwhile, the actors have expressed their appreciation for the gesture shown them by the sector Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, for her thoughtfulness during this difficult period.

Ms. Grace Omaboe also used the opportunity to implore the Minister of Tourism to further extend the gesture to the other members of the Creative Arts Practitioners who may be going through similar difficulties as a result of the covid-19 pandemic.

The officials that accompanied Hon. Barbara Oteng Gyasi, from the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture were, the Director of Human Resource Management, Mr. Otto Langmagne, the Executive Director of the Creative Arts Council, Mr. Mark Okraku Mantey, the Executive Secretary of the National Film Authority, Ms. Juliet Asante Ibrahim, the Director of Creative Arts at the National Commission on Culture (NCC) Mr. Socrates Sarfo, and the Public Relations Officer, Mr. Alhassan Abubakar Sadik.


As part of the unwavering commitment by the Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Honourable Barbara Oteng-Gyasi, to further project Ghana on both the International and Local scene, inaugurated a committee that would oversee the establishment of a Gold Museum in Ghana in the western Region.

According to her, the rationale behind the initiative is to further attract more tourists into the country, considering that Ghana had been mining gold for the past 100 years, yet when tourists visited the country, there was no historical trail of mining arts facts to satisfy their curiosities.

Hon. Barbara Oteng-Gyasi, made these remarks during the inauguration of A 10- Member Committee for the establishment of the Gold Museum in Ghana, Under the Chairperson of Rev. Dr. Joyce Aryee, on the 12-March 2020, in Accra.

 She said the tourism industry is a multi-billion industry and the fourth income earner of the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and currently surpasses gold of South Africa production.

Hon. Barbara Oteng-Gyasi indicated that when  Gold  Museum is  been established  in Ghana, given the country’s rich history in terms of Gold exploration during the slavery, tourists visiting Ghana can make time- off to visit the Gold Museum  facility and appreciate the history surrounding Gold mining in Ghana.

She charged on the committee members to live up to their bidding in choosing the most appropriate Town for the proposed Gold Museum Project to be sited in the Western Part of the country.

On her part, the Chairperson of the committee who was the longest serving CEO of the Ghana Chamber of Mines, Rev. Dr. Joyce Aryee, emphasized that, the stakeholders in the Chamber of Mines, has over the years contemplated in establishing a Gold Museum and was not successful.  

According to her, Hon. Barbara Oteng Gyasi’s commitment to the realization of this initiative is a laudable one, hence all quest must be made by the stakeholders in the gold industry in Ghana to give unflinching support to sector Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, to see to the realization of this well intended project.

Rev. Dr. Joyce Aryee, further promised to avail her expertise acquired to deliver on their mandates.

The Board Chairman of the Ghana Museum and Monuments Board, Mr. Kwame Sowu, remarked that the committee might not need an entirely new building or structure for the Gold Museum Project, but can liaise with some mining companies, to allocate some of their old mining buildings which in itself can be a source of history and arts, facts to the impending Gold Museum yet to be established.

The committee has Two Months within which to complete their work, as per the Terms of reference assigned to them, which are catalogued as follows;

  • To identify a suitable town, location or piece of land to establish the Museum.
  • To map out plans towards the acquisition of land documents and other documents as may be necessary for the establishment of the Museum.
  • To advise on technical assistance to work out plans towards the execution of the project.
  • To liaise with the Ghana Museums and Monuments Board to identify material of Historical and Archaeological value for the museum.

 And the rest are,

  • To engage the Mining Industry for collaboration and participation.
  • To map out strategies to solicit funds from Corporate bodies and Private Organizations for the preparations, constructions and to equip the Museum, and the last but not the least is,
  • To undertake any other activity which in the opinion of the committee, will enhance its work.

Meanwhile, the Membership of the committee are as follows; Rev. Dr. Joyce Aryee, as the Chairperson,  The Principal Tourism Officer at the Tourism Ministry, Dr. Geoffrey Tamakloe,  as the secretary, while other memberships are  Hon. Mireku Duker (MP) Tarkwa- Nsuaem Constituency, in the Western Region, The Executive Director, Ghana Chamber of Mines, Mr. Adogla---The Chief Director, Ministry of Lands and Resources, Mr. Maxwell Boateng, The Executive Director, Obuasi Gold Fields, Mr. Robert Siaw, The Board Chairman of Ghana Museums and Monument Board, Mr. Kwame Sowu, and the The Representative of Ghana Tourism Authority Mr. Ekow Sampson. 

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