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DIRECTORS AND HEADS OF AGENCIES AT MOTAC TAKE THEIR TURN AT THE SENSITIZATION MEETING ON THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE RIGHT TO INFORMATION BILL – ACT 989 of 2019

On Wednesday 8th July, 2020, Directors and Heads of Agencies at the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture took their turn at a briefing section by the Ministry of Information.

 In a short statement delivered by the Director of Human Resource at the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mr. Vittus Otto Langmagne, he said it was important that the necessary briefing is given to frontline officers, to enable government achieve the smooth implementation of the RTI Bill in Ghana.  According him, the sensitization meeting was a step in the right directors to make the exercise effective in order for government to achieve its purpose.

 

Briefing Directors and Heads of Agencies, Ms. Amma Frimpong said the rationale for the sensitization meetings on the RTI Bill is to ensure that every citizen has the right to information, in order for all to be informed about what is happening our country.

According to her, information is a good resource and the foundation for good governance and democracy.  It will also help us to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

 

She said there were standards and benchmarks for national and international regimes and this gives effect to freedom of information.  It also helps to promote open government and allows citizens to be given progress on what is taking place in their environments.

 

According to her, though there are exemptions, the idea is to help facilitate access and make information cost effective.  The Bill informs us as to who can have access to information, receive and determine whether an applicant can have access to information or not.  It is this that helps us to streamline the usage and abuse of information by the citizenry.

 

In summary, the good thing about the Bill according to Ms. Amma Frimpong is that it gives protection to all and sundry.

MINISTRY OF TOURISM LAUCNHES FUND TO SUPPORT SMEs IN THE TOURISM SECTOR

  The Minister  of Tourism, Arts and Culture,  Honourable Barbara Oteng Gyasi, on Wednesday 24th June, 2020 launched a fund to mitigate the adverse economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on Small and Medium Enterprises in the tourism value chain in Ghana.

The fund is a grant scheme facility under a World Bank project at the Tourism Ministry, which is geared towards supporting and building the capacity of operators in the hospitality and tourism sector in Ghana.

The Senior Minister Hon. Yaw Osafo-Maafo who was the special guest of honour, indicated that the scheme has come at an opportune time, considering the fact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had a serious toll on tourism-related businesses in the country. 

According to the Senior Minister, the United Nations World Tourism Organization had estimated that the Small and Medium Enterprises which make up about 80 percent of tourism products are expected to be badly hit by the novel COVID-19 pandemic worldwide.

Mr. Osafo Maafo, also used the occasion to assure stakeholders in the hospitality and tourism industry, that government is committed to help turn the economic fortunes of the industry and thereby improve upon the well-being of Ghanaians.

The Minister of Tourism Arts and Culture, Honourable Barbara Oteng- Gyasi, asked stakeholders to take advantage of the opportunity being offered them as a way of supporting them to come out of their current situation brought about as a result of the pandemic.

She urged operators in the hospitality industry who would be successful in accessing the funds to judiciously use the funds for their intended purposes, since it has the propensity to spur growth in Ghana’s tourism sector.

On his part, the Acting Project Coordinator, of the Ghana Tourism Development Project, Mr. Divine Kwame Owusu Ansah, indicated that there were modalities involved in accessing the fund. He stressed that, for an individual or a venture to qualify for the grant, the applicant, among other things must have registered with the Registrar General's Department and be a Ghanaian operating in the tourism value chain venture in Ghana.

He added that interested persons and businesses have between June 24 and July 8, this calendar year to put in their expression of interest on the tourism Ministry’s website.

CATEGORIES OF THE GRANT

The grant is in three phases, the Site Upgrade grant (SUG) which is a marching Grant, aimed at supporting operators of Non- Publicly owned tourist sites to undertake quality upgrades of their sites.

The second category, which is the Small and Medium Enterprise Grant (SMEG) will, however, support firms with already viable businesses prospects and well-developed business plans. This grant can also be applied for by sole proprietorships and enterprises.

While the third category is the Training and Capacity Building Grant, which is also targeting Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) with new business ideas, less and not well-developed businesses.

BACKGROUD

The world bank Grant is a $ 40- million facility extended to the Government of Ghana, under the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture which is the first of its kind in the history of the tourism ministry in Ghana, to support the Government’s continuous quest to develop the tourism and  hospitality landscape, and has 4- year project duration spanning from 2019 to 2022.

Meanwhile, an initial capital of $ 9-Million has been allocated to support about 1,000 businesses in the tourism value chain in Ghana regarding the Grant scheme launched for the SMEs in the tourism sector.         

 

 

 

 

 

  

  

 

 

 

 

SPEECH DELIVERED BY HON. BARBARA OTENG-GYASI, MINISTER FOR TOURISM, ARTS AND CULTURE AT THE LAUNCH OF USD 9MILLION GRANTS FOR TOURISM SMALL AND MEDIUM ENTERPRISE (SME), AT THE MINISTRY OF INFORMATION ON WEDNESDAY, 24TH JUNE, 2020

HON. YAW OSARFO-MAAFO, SNR. MINISTER

HON. KWADWO OPPONG-NKRUMAH, MINISTER FOR INFORMATION

COLLEAGUES HON. MINISTERS AND DEPUTY MINISTERS

CHIEF EXECUTIVES,

MEMBERS OF GTDP NATIONAL STEERING COMMITTEE

HEADS OF AGENCIES,

OUR FRIENDS FROM THE MEDIA,

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN,

I warmly welcome all our distinguished guests to the launching of the Ghana Tourism Development Project’s Grants for SMEs and Tourism Enterprises.

Today is a special day for us in the tourism and hospitality industry. As we are all aware the tourism and hospitality industry has been identified as a strategic pillar for the transformation of our economy and the Ghana Beyond Aid agenda.

Ladies and Gentlemen, over the years, the Ministry has lived up to its responsibilities to improve the Tourism sector by marketing Ghana to the international community as well as domestically.

Last year, Ghana hosted the ‘Year of Return’ to commemorate the 400 anniversary of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade and celebrate African resilience. Now we have initiated ‘Beyond the Return’ a project spanning a ten-year period 2020-2030 to consolidate the gains made during the ‘Year of return’.

In 2019, during the ‘Year of Return’ we witnessed our brothers and sisters visit our country from all parts of the diaspora bridging the gap between Africans in the Diaspora and the African Continent and also contributing to our country’s economy in terms of revenue generation, job creation and recognition in the international community.

In our quest to improve leisure tourism in this country, the Nana Akufo-Addo government solicited for a facility from the International Development Agency of the World Bank Group to implement the Ghana Tourism Development Project and today we are privileged to launch an aspect of it, which is the Grants Scheme.

Hon. Snr. Minister, the Tourism Development Project has four main components and these are:

  • Component 1: Strengthening Tourism Enabling Environment: This component aims to address tourism enabling constraints most likely to have transformative impact on the tourism sector in Ghana such as
  • Training and skills development of the industry
  • Aviation and entry visa policy, and

(iii)Tourism branding and marketing

  • Component 2: Developing Tourism Sites and Destinations: This component seeks to diversify the leisure tourism offering in Ghana by identifying and upgrading the most promising destination areas. These are sites that show significant public goods requirements and circuit-tourism potential, and can draw increased demand from both domestic and international visitors;
  • Component 3: Tourism Enterprise Support: This component’s objective is to provide tourism SMEs with the opportunity to improve their business planning, formalize their businesses, and apply for matching grants to upgrade their tourism products and services.
  • Component 4: Project Management: This component will provide support to Ministry of Tourism, Arts & Culture (MoTAC) to manage and coordinate the project.

 

Since approval was given for the Project implementation, we have achieved some successes, despite certain initial implementation challenges at the onset.

I am happy to report that the project has embarked on renovation of selected tourist sites and these activities are at various levels of completion.

We are also working on the human resource capacity of the industry players and very soon we will outdoor the plans for the establishment of state of the art tourism and hospitality training institutions in selected Regions of the country.

I am happy to say that the beneficiaries to be supported under this Grant scheme comprise mainly Ghanaian indigenous businesses in the tourism value chain, including micro businesses that employ between 1 to 5 persons, small businesses that employ between 6 to 30 people, and medium businesses that employ 31 to 100 people.

In addition to the above, the project’s intervention encourages support to women owned and or women led businesses in the tourism sector.

Hon. Snr. Minister, we have worked on all modalities that are required to enable us disburse the Grants within the next few weeks. Notably among the activities is the engagement of a Grants Management Firm. An experienced entity in Grants administration whose role among others will be to reconcile the financial records of the grantee, collect and verify end-of-project information on performance targets and data and execute disbursement.

A five member Grants Committee to supervise the execution of the grant scheme has also been put in place.

Hon. Ministers, I wish to thank the World Bank Task Team for their support in going through the processes to ensure efficient disbursement of the Fund.

I would also like to express my gratitude to the Hon. Minister for Finance, Director of External Resource Mobilisation Department of the Ministry of Finance and her team, the Grants Management Firm and my team at the Project Coordinating Unit of the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture for their dedication and commitment to the project.

It is my fervent hope that beneficiaries shall utilise the funds for the intended purposes to enable us achieve the project’s developmental objectives.

I wish to reiterate that the ministry will undertake a vigorous monitoring and evaluation exercise to ensure that the funds are used to develop the country’s tourism and hospitality industry.

Hon. Snr. Minister, Ladies and Gentlemen, I thank you all for coming and look forward to a successful disbursement of the GTDP Grants Scheme.

Thank you and may God bless us all.

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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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