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. 


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.


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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