The Deputy Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, (MoTAC) Hon. Dr Ziblim Iddi Barri, opened a two a day-training workshop on the Tourism Development Project.


A two-day workshop was held in Koforidua, in the Eastern region, from 13th -14th of June, 2019 to enable stakeholders in the tourism sector review a Forty Million World Bank Grant facility extended to the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, which was anchored through the initiative of the Government of Ghana, under H. E. Nana Addo Dankwah Akuffo Addo. The Facility is a game-changer and would help to turn the economic fortunes of the country, by engaging
the teeming unemployed youth in the country. The overriding goal of the project is to significantly transform Ghana's Tourism Sector by upgrading the
existing tourist facilities across the country. It is also to equip those in the value chain in the tourism sector to render a world-class service delivery to patrons at their facilities.

The project is anchored on four components and catalogued as follows:
 Strengthening Tourism Enabling Environment
 Developing Tourism Sites and Destinations
 Tourism Enterprise Support Programme
 Project Management Component.
Hon. Ziblim Iddi Barri, Deputy Minister for Tourism, Arts and Culture opened the workshop. The Honourable minister in his opening remarks, charged the Project Coordinating Unit to live up to the expectation by fast-tracking the pace of execution since it was lagging behind schedule. He intimated that 40 Million Dollar facility given by the World Bank is to help the ministry deliver on its core mandate and objectives. Hon. Ziblim Iddi Barri further intimated that the World Bank facility as laudable, because it is unprecedented in the history of Ghana's tourism sector. According to him, this overwhelming success was chalked as a result of the unwavering commitment by H. E. Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo Addo for the sector. He used the occasion to commend the World Bank for extending such support to the good people of
Ghana, to boost Ghana's tourism sector.

He concluded by imploring participants at the event to generate an actionable work plan that would see to the speedy realization of the project.
On her part, the World Bank Project Coordinator at the Ministry of Finance, Hajia Sauda Ahmed, cautioned the project team to upscale their efforts in delivering the project on time.

She emphasized that the idea of her ministry creating World Bank Project Unit is to bring all the necessary guidance to ensure that every project the government of Ghana handles is efficiently and effectively implemented. She, therefore, entreated the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture and the Project team to as a matter of
priority to ensure that the project becomes a success. Professor Henry Boateng, who was also a resource person at the workshop took participants through
the Rapid Results Initiative and Team Building Training while Mr Kwasi Arhin walked participants through the Project Management Report. Earlier, the Project Coordinator, Dr Jacob Doodo, gave a presentation on the overview of the project and its objectives. A Principal Tourism Officer at the Ministry, who is also the Project Manager, Mr Divine Owusu Ansah, also gave a presentation on the modalities of the project. A Procurement Specialist at the World Bank Mr Charles Ashong gave a background of the modalities for
accessing funds under the project and the procurement breaches that would not be entertained by the World Bank while the Treasury Officer at the Ministry, Mrs Harriet Bob Hanson highlighted on the financial position of the project. At the end of the programme, participants who were drawn from the players in the tourism sector and
the captains in the industry generally expressed their willingness to support the programme and make it a successful one.



The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) under the auspices of the Ministry

of Tourism, Arts and Culture, (MoTAC) is set to host the first Regional Congress on Women in

tourism Empowerment programme (WITEP), which is an African centred initiative.

The main objective of this maiden all-important congress in the country is to brainstorm on the

inhibiting factors and opportunities for women’s empowerment in the tourism sector and to

create a synergy within the African region and other players in the industry, for their economic


The congress also seeks to provide the platform for women in technology in Africa, to showcase

their vision for a more inclusive, sustainable and competitiveness in the tourism sector.

This important programme is expected to come-off from 25-27th November 2019 in Accra.

The congress received an endorsement from the recently concluded 23rd General Assembly held in

Saint Petersburg, Russia, when the Secretary-General presented it as part of the activities to be

held in Africa.

As part of the preparation towards hosting the event in Ghana, UNWTO delegation visited

Ghana in September, this year, during which the delegation called on the Minister of Tourism,

Arts and Culture. Honourable. Barbara Oteng –Gyasi, at her office.

Hon. Barbara Oteng –Gyasi who was enthused about the forthcoming event in Ghana

stressed that Government under H.E. Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo Addo was committed to

addressing the Socio-Cultural and economic issues affecting the development of women in

Ghana and Africa.

 “I am confident the conference has come at an opportune time and will afford Ghana, Africa and

the world an opportunity to discuss and have an inclusive approach towards women in the tourism

sector. We look forward to engaging stakeholders to support and increase the participation of

women in education, entrepreneurship and leadership “she remarked.

Meanwhile, all 54 African countries Tourism Ministers are expected to grace this all

an important event and Seven Hundred (700) participants across the world have also confirmed

their participation.


The Minister of Tourism Arts and Culture, Hon. Barbara Oteng-Gyasi, on the first the day of her official duty met with the Senior Management Staff of the Tourism Ministry and Heads of Agencies under her Ministry. The meeting was necessitated to give the affable incoming Minister, Hon. Barbara Oteng Gyasi, an opportunity to have an in-depth appreciation of the workings of Ghana’s Tourism Ministry. The supposed events took place at the Ministry’s Conference Room in Accra, on the 11th April 2019, for the Management Staff and the 16th April 2019, for Heads of agencies to officially usher Hon. Barbara Oteng Gyasi to her new portfolio as a substantive Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture. In his remarks during the meeting with the management team at the ministry, the Deputy Minister of Tourism Arts and Culture, Hon. Dr Ziblim Iddi Barri bemoaned that Ghana’s Tourism Sector which abounds with diverse tourism potentials has been neglected over the years by the successive governments. This he indicated that upon the assumption of office by His Excellency the President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Addo Danquah Akuffo Addo, under the New Patriotic Party, the Ministry was elevated to the rank of a cabinet status.

According to Dr Ziblim Iddi, who is also the Member of Parliament (MP) for the Gusheigu Constituency, in the Northern Region, the Ministry and players in the tourism industry can leverage on the president’s commitment to improving the well-being of Ghanaians by creating job opportunities for the youth in the industry. The Minister of Tourism Arts and Culture, Hon. Barbara Gyasi, in her remarks, emphasized that the President expects the Ministry to deliver on its mandate which would invariably translate into the achievements of the Government. By so doing, it would help advance the President of Ghana’s vision of Ghana Beyond Aid agenda, and also improve upon the hospitality industry and thereby improve upon the general well-being of those in the industry. Hon. Barbara Oteng Gyasi further outlined the priority areas of which she intends to engage in. She indicated that her passion was to see to the successful implementation of the Copyright Law, the Construction of Ultra-modern theatres in the country for the production of good films. She also promised to pay greater attention to practitioners in the Creative Arts Sector, since the area has a propensity to increase Ghana’s GDP and also create massive employment for Ghanaians.

The Minister assured staff, she would establish a Technical Directorate to supervise the activities and programs of the Creative Arts sector, and also advocate
for the passage of the Creative Arts Bill into an Act.nHon. Barbara Oteng Gyasi further stressed that as indicated by His Excellency the President during his SONA address, she would also aggressively pursue the upgrading of the existing tourists' facilities in the country, to boost the country’s tourism returns. She also mentioned the Creative Arts Fund, which when set up would help improve incomes of those engaged in that venture.

The Director of Policy, Planning, Monitory and Evaluation (PPME) of the Ministry, Mrs Olivia Opoku Adomah, indicated that since other countries in the world can derive the needed returns from tourism, there is every indication that Ghana with its diverse culture and attractions sites, can replicate similar example. A Deputy Director at the PPME Directorate at the ministry, Mr Reuben Kwadzofio added his voice by welcoming the honourable minister and pledged the support of all to enable her to prosecute the agenda of making Ghana a tourist destination. He made her aware, that the ministry has human resources that she can rely on and must trust for her to achieve her goal. He also suggested the need for her to also focus on domestic tourism as a way of boosting the tourism potential of the country. At a meeting with the Heads of agencies under the ministry, Hon. Barbara Oteng-Gyasi espoused similar sentiments on how she intends to make the President’s vision become a reality. On his part, the Chief Director of the Ministry, Alhaji Abudulai Yakubu on behalf of the staff of the ministry and its agencies, assured Hon. Barbara Oteng-Gyasi of his unflinching support together with the entire staff to assist her in revamping the tourism sector.


As part of activities to mark one of the flagship programmes on the calendar of events of the Ministry of Tourism Arts and Culture, the Ministry through one of its agencies, the Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA) organised the “Ghana Diaspora Homecoming Event” under the “The Year of Return Ghana 2019‘programme.

The opening ceremony of the Ghana Diaspora Homecoming celebrations kick-started on Wednesday July 3rd, 2019 with a summit at the Accra International Conference Centre, under the theme: “Recognizing Diaspora Contributions towards Nation Building” and is expected to end on Saturday 6th July, 2019,

The occasion was officially used to launch a cloth for the year-long programme, which marked a historic and memorable event for African diasporans who were at the programme.

The ‘Year of Return’ cloth comes in two colours, Black and White which were showcased to participants at the summit by Miss Tourism Beauty Queens and other models, who donned the colorful Ghanaian cloth in different styles including Kaba and slit, shirts, skirts and other traditional attires. 

The president of the Republic of Ghana, His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, graced the occasion as the special guest of Honour,  where he charged the organizers of the programme to live up to their bidding in making the YEAR OF RETURN programme a memorable one.

He also admonished stakeholders in the Tourism sector in Ghana to as matter of a priority improve on their service delivery in making their guest feel at home.

He used the occasion to commend members of the diaspora community for their relentless contribution to the socio economic improvement of the country.

Opening the ceremony, the Minister of Tourism Arts and Culture, Hon. Barbara Oteng- Gyasi implored all African brothers and sisters from the diaspora to endeavor to take a keen interest in participating in the event and also patronize the brand cloth for the Year of Return 2019.

Hon. Barbara Oteng Gyasi, also used the occasion to charge Ghanaians to further exhibit their Ghanaian hospitality to the visiting tourists and other guests who would be arriving in the country to participate in the Year of Return programme.

The Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Hon.  Barbara Oteng Gyasi, used the occasion to officially present a piece of the ‘Year of Return’ cloth to the H.E. Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo Addo.

The high powered government functionaries who also attended the all-important programme were the Minister for Information, Hon. Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, the C.E.O of the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre Mr. Yoofi Grant, the C.E.O of the Ghana Tourism Authority, Mr. Akwasi Agyeman, the C.E.O. of the Ghana Tourism Development Company, Mr. Kwadwo Odame Antwi and the Director of Diaspora Affairs at the Office of the President who also doubles as the Chairman of the Year of Return Steering Committee, Mr. Akwasi Awuah Ababio.


The event is aimed at creating the enabling environments for all Africans in the diaspora to return home “Brafie” not only to experience culture, warmth and rhythm of Ghanaians but also to explore business opportunities in the country.


The Year of Return event, seeks to commemorate 400years since the first enslaved Africans arrived in Jamestown Virginia, USA, from the Shores of Ghana and other West African Countries.

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