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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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INTERVENTION FOR THE TOURISM, ARTS AND CULTURE SECTOR TO ALLEVIATE THE IMPACT OF COVID-19 ON PRIVATE SECTOR

 

INTRODUCTION

The Tourism, hospitality and arts sector has been hard hit by the Covid- 19 pandemic because it thrives on public gathering.  The sector contributes significantly to the socio-economic growth and national development of many countries which Ghana is not an exception.  Ghana is endowed with many natural attractions, rich cultural heritage, creative abilities and a naturally hospitable people, which contributes to the nation’s potential as a preferred tourist’s destination.

The tourism industry has made immense strides in 2019 with a successful implementation of the Year of Return Programme. International arrivals reached 1.13million, from 956,372 in 2018, a 27% growth which was above the global average of 5%. The average expenditure per tourist increased from $2,708 in 2018 to $2,931 in 2019.

The increased number of travelers to Ghana positively impacted private sector industries such as airlines, hotels, tour operators, restaurants, and art & crafts dealers amongst others.

For example, several hotels announced 100 % occupancy for the month of December, 2019. Artifact merchants also reported doubling their sales in 2019 compared to 2018 as well as car rental services registering increased patronage. However, the gains have been eroded by the Corona virus Pandemic.

In view of the devastating effect of the COVID-19, Government has introduced interventions to ameliorate its impact on business.

 A stimulus package of Six Hundred Million Ghana Cedis through the NBSSI to the private sector to stimulate economic activities of SMEs affected by the COVID-19 as well as a 3 billion Ghana cedis facility for larger businesses has been introduced which operators in the sector will benefit from.

The Ministry under the Ghana Tourism Development Project, a world bank funded project, an amount of nine million dollars has been earmarked for interventions to boost the tourism industry- to be disbursed as follows:

 Developing Tourism Sites and Destination – US$4m and US$5m for Tourism Enterprise Support Programme (Grant for SME Development).

The modalities for assessing this grant will be published soon.

His Excellency the President has also constituted an IMC to assess the impact on covid 19 on the Tourism and hospitality sector specifically and prepare a stimulus package to alleviate the impact of the pandemic, protect jobs and ensure the industry recovers post covid 19.

In order to further support the recovery of the Tourism and hospitality sector, the President in his 10th Address eased certain restrictions on the operations of the sector and we hereby provide the guidelines in that respect for compliance by all operations.

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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