HON. BARBARA OTENG GYASI INAUGURATED A COMMITTEE FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF GOLD MUSEUM IN GHANA

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. 

HON. BARBARA OTENG-GYASI PAYS COURTESY CALL ON THE CAMEROONIAN MINISTER FOR EXTERNAL RELATIONS

Hon. Barbara Oteng-Gyasi, Minister for Tourism, Arts and Culture on Tuesday 3rd March, 2020 called on the Cameroonian Minister for External Affairs, Hon. Lejeune Mbella Mbella at the Cameroonian Ministry of External Relations, Yaoundé.

Hon. Oteng-Gyasi was in Cameroon as a Special Envoy of H.E Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo who led a delegation comprising of the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration to canvass support for Ghana’s candidate, Dr. Edward Kwakwa who is vying for the post of Director General at the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO).  Dr. Edward Kwakwa is a Lawyer by Profession with extensive working experience with United Nations and other International Institutions.

WIPO is a Geneva-based self-funding United Nations Agency which serves as the global forum that promotes innovation and creativity for the economic, social and cultural development of all countries, through a balanced and effective international intellectual property system.  

Hon. Barbara Oteng-Gyasi in her presentation to the Cameroonian Minister said that the Government of Ghana believes that Dr Kwakwa possesses the experience and leadership qualities necessary to effectively respond to intellectual property issues in an increasingly challenging world. She reiterated the point that Africa as a whole stands to benefit if Dr. Kwakwa is elected as the Director General on Thursday, 5th March 2020 in Geneva.

Hon. Lejeune Mbella Mbella, Cameroonian Minister for External Relations, on behalf of H.E President Paul Biya, assured the Ghanaian delegation of the support of the Cameroonian Government and went further to state that Ghana and Cameroon need to extend their relations beyond the election of the WIPO Director General in areas such as Agriculture, Tourism and Digitization. He thanked the Hon. Minister and her delegation for the visit.

On behalf of H.E. President Akufo Addo, Hon. Oteng-Gyasi thanked the Cameroonian Government for their willingness to support Ghana on Dr. Kwakwa’s candidature and also for the warm reception accorded the Ghanaian delegation.

As a show of appreciation, Hon. Oteng-Gyasi presented a gift to the Cameroonian Minister for External Relations.

 

INDEGENOUS LANGUAGES MUST BE PRESERVED FOR ARCHIVAL PURPOSES

The Deputy Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Hon. Dr. Ziblim Iddi Barri, has stressed that efforts should be made by all and sundry to document indigenous  languages and Cultural expression of Ghanaians for archival purposes, such that  generations yet unborn would  appreciate their historical origins.

He underscored that from the UNESCO’s point of view, linguistic diversity was increasingly threatened globally, as more indigenous languages would gradually become extinct on earth, if concerted efforts were not taken to tackle the issue head-on.

Hon. Dr. Ziblim Iddi Barri, made these remarks during the celebration of the International Mother Tongue Day, Dubbed ‘SANEGBAA’ organized by the Bureau of Ghana Languages, on the 21st February, 2020, in Accra, under the theme: Indigenous Languages Matter for Development, Peace Building and Reconciliation.

Hon. Dr. Ziblim Barri, who is also the Member of Parliament for the Gusheigu Constituency in the Northern Region, indicated that globally there were about 7, 000 Languages out of which about 50, excluding dialects were dominant in Ghana.

According to him, it was for these reasons that it became imperative for government to promote indigenous languages as a vital resource for the transmission of indigenous knowledge from generation to generation.

The acting Director of the Bureau of the Ghana Languages, Mr. William Boateng emphasized that his outfit, is an agency under the Ministry of Tourism Arts and Culture, was responsible for the development of Ghana’s languages and organized the programme to educate and whip up public interest in the speaking of their mother tongue nationwide.

On his part, the Managing Director of Insight News Paper, Mr. Kwasi Pratt Junior, said the general populace in the country had the onus to explain to the political class the societal ills affecting them which needed to be urgently addressed.

He used the occasion to commend Peace FM media station for its commitment in the promotion of Ghanaian languages through its Akan language contents programmes.

 The former Chairman of the National Media Commission, Nana Kwasi Gyan- Appenteng, called on the Bureau of Ghana Languages to help monitor the use of Ghanaian languages in the broadcasting of political discussion on the media space.

He described a report by the Media foundation for West Africa, which indicated that excessive usage of mother tongue had the tendency to create tension, since people were comfortable speaking their mother tongues.

Present at the function were some Academia in the promotion of Mother tongue languages, as well as the Representation of some school children within the Greater Accra Region.

PATRONISE MADE IN GHANA CHOCOLATE

The Minister of Tourism Arts and Culture, Hon. Barbara Oteng Gyasi, entreated Ghana’s citizenry countrywide to endeavour to patronize the made in Ghana chocolate brand.

According to her, Ghana chocolate, when properly consumed and well patronized, had a significant health benefit which would invariably lead to the economic transformation of the country.

Hon. Barbara Oteng Gyasi, made these remarks during the Chocolate day celebration on the 14th of February, 2020, on separate occasions, when she presented Hampers of Chocolates to some Ghanaian media outlets such as the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation and the Graphic Communication Group Limited.

  Hon, Barbara Oteng, said her outfit was embarking on a marketing Campaign dubbed SEE GH, WEAR GH, EAT GH, and FEEL GH, which were campaign initiatives  boosting both the domestic and international tourism of the country.

She said the citizens in the country should, as a matter of priority, also patronize made in Ghana Products, since it had the propensity to spur the economic growth of the country.

This, she said, would translate into employment opportunities for the Ghanaians in the Tourism Value Chain landscape.

A News Anchor of the GBC, Mr Danny Clerk, who received the Chocolate on behalf of the Management Body, thanked Hon. Barbara Oteng Gyasi for recognizing the contribution of GBC in its quest to promote tourism in the country.

The Managing Director of the Graphic Communication group Mr. Atto Afful indicated that the Graphic Media group had an agenda to promote Ghana’s tourist attraction sites for the betterment of Ghanaian people.

He charged the Minister of Tourism to ensure that subsequent major activities of the Ministry such as the year of Return event would be replicated across the country, and further expressed his willingness to aid the Tourism Minister’s efforts to promote tourism both locally and internationally with the Graphic Media group.

Mr. Affull, also commended Hon. Barbara Oteng Gyasi for generously gifting Chocolates to his outfit.

 As part of the Chocolate day event, the Hon. Barbara Oteng Gyasi, also delivered a presentation on the floor of Ghana’s Parliament on the need for all and sundry in the country to endeavour to patronise Ghana’s Chocolates, since it had health benefits when consumed, and thereby improved on the economics of the country.

Meanwhile, the Chocolate day event was climaxed at the Alisa Hotel of which the Erstwhile Minister of Tourism during President Kufuor’s administration, Mr. Jake Obestebi- Lamptey and a host of other practitioners in the tourism sector were eulogized for their immense contribution to the growth and development of the tourism in Ghana.

Present at the function were some senior officials of the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, the Staff of the Ghana Tourism Authority, as well as stakeholders and Practitioners in the Tourism sector in Ghana.

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