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MINISTRY OF FINANCE SIGNS TWO COMPACT AGREEMENTS FOR POST COVID-19 TRANSFORMATION WITH MINISTRY OF TOURISM AND MINISTRY OF TRADE & INDUSTRY UNDER THE GHANA CARES OBAATANPA PROGRAMME.

On Tuesday, 11th May 2021, the Ministry of Finance, as part of modalities to kick-start the implementation of the Ghana Covid-19 Alleviation and Revitalisation of Enterprises Support (GhanaCARES) Obaatanpa programme signed the first two out of 8 compact agreements with the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture for an amount of One Hundred million Ghana cedis (Ghs100,000,000.00) and the Ministry of Trade & Industry for an amount of Two Hundred and Eighty Two million Ghana cedis (Ghs282,000,000).

 

These is extra allocations fall outsise of the said Ministries annual budgetary allocation to ensure strategic and catalytic interventions that will foster a quicker recovery and boost our post COVID-19 economic transformation.

 

The Compact is a partnership agreement between the Ministry of Finance, as the Coordinating authority, and sector Ministries, under the supervision of the Inter-Ministerial Coordinating Committee (IMCC) to ensure effective and timely delivery of the targets set for the various Ministries under the CARES programme for the 2021 fiscal year.

NANA ADDO DANKWA AKUFO-ADDO, HAS LAUNCHED AN AMBITIOUS US$25MILLION FILM PITCH TO BOOST MOVIE PRODUCTION IN GHANA

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, on April 28, 2021, launched an ambitious US$25 Million to boost Film and Movie Production in Ghana.

The initiative is expected to make Film and Movie production in Ghana a game changer in the socio economic transformation of Ghana’s Economy and to also invariably improve on the economic fortunes of the practitioners in the creative Arts sector in the country.

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo gave this assurance at the Film Pitch Series event, organized by the National Film Authority (NFA) which is an agency under the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, in Accra on Wednesday, April 28, 2021.

Nana Akufo-Addo observed that Ghana has an abundance of forts and castles, national parks, historical monuments, wildlife and festivals that could be filmed and marketed to further attract Ghana’s tourism potential for the socio cultural and economic development of the country.

He stressed that, the rankings of Ghana by the World Economic Forum Global Competitive Report as being politically stable, with a safe and secure environment, unique and better tourist assets and infrastructure, should be a trump card to market Ghana as a preferred film and tourism destination in West Africa. Adding that this enviable position chalked by the nation has a great marketing and promotional ramifications for the development of the Ghanaian film industry and would also invariably spur the country’s GDP.

 He indicated that his administration through the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture and the National Film Authority, has brought together Ghanaian film producers and investors, distributors and marketers and other stakeholders in the film and movie industry to make deals to the tune of US$25 Million, given the potential business viability of the film pitch series in Ghana.

According to him the $25 million investment under the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, would go a long way to boost the local film ecosystem, with potential 6,000 jobs to be created within the movie and film industry in Ghana.

He gave the assurance that the Ghanaian film producers would now have the rare opportunity to access markets for their films given the needed support by his government and further entreated the local film producers to show more creativity and innovation in their productions to make Ghanaian films not only popular within the country, but also capable of satisfying international target groups.

According to him the Presidential Film Pitch Series would seeks to create the platform for Ghanaian filmmakers to undertake projects within the Ghanaian ecosystem, thereby boosting Ghanaian movies and films production both locally and Internationally.

He remarked that the NFA would further engage investors, broadcasters, distributors, sponsors and platforms around the world for potential collaborations, sponsorship, investment, sales and advertising opportunities, in order to generate the needed revenue from the Ghana’s films and movie industry.

According to him, one hundred projects in the form of documentaries, feature films, short films, series, games and film infrastructure were already received by the National Film Authority (NFA) from Ghanaian film entrepreneurs, out of which 25 projects will be shortlisted and supported by the government.

President Akufo-Addo stressed, that, the goal is for each shortlisted project was to close a deals that will bring the project to fruition by benefiting from sponsorship package promotion from entities, including Amazon, Netflix and DSTV.

He said that, the Ghanaian film industry was replete with talented players in the value chain of film production, whiles emphasizing on his government quest to help make the sector a competitive and viable industry that would help the country to attain the government beyond Aid agenda for the wellbeing of the Ghanaians.

 RETOOLING OF NAFTI

President Akufo-Addo further disclosed that his government intends to retool the National Film and Television Institute (NAFTI) to enable it to provide the needed capacity training for players in the film and movie industry, to make Ghana an attractive film production in West Africa.

He disclosed that he had given assent to the Creative Industry Act passed by the Parliament of Ghana, which would help create an enabling environment for the Ghanaian film hub and the practitioners in the creative arts space in Ghana.

According to him, the establishment of the Creative Arts Agency will lead to the setting up of a Creative Arts Fund to help address the challenges of funding that has bedeviled the Creative Arts sector,” the President assured.

President Akufo-Addo used the rare privilege to commend the current Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Dr Ibrahim Mohammed Awal, for justifying his appointment in his government considering, his brilliant exploits as the Minister for Business Development during his first term of office.

On his part the Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Dr. Ibrahim Muhammed Awal, stressed that the film and music industry was a gold mine, and that the ministry would resource the sector to adequately monetize their creativities and be economically viable and also becomes a vehicle to create massive jobs for Ghanaians in the film and movie enterprise.

Dr. Ibrahim Muhammed Awal expressed his Ministry’s commitment to support the NFA to produce 200 excellent movies annually. The move, according to him is expected to generate about 40,000 jobs in the film and movie sector in Ghana.

Establishment of Film Bank

Hon. Dr. Ibrahim Muhammed Awal further disclosed that his outfit would supervise the establishment of a film bank, in order to generate good scripts for film and movie production in Ghana.  

He indicated that, the tourism ministry would also be collaborating with the private sector to build a multipurpose film studio by the end of next year. Dr. Awal said the government through the National Film Authority under the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture has taken the charge to create an ecosystem that will encourage a vibrant marketplace for Ghanaian movies.

“This according to him would help motivate the production of good Ghanaian films that can be marketed globally” he added.

He used the occasion to commend the stakeholders in the film and movie production for their massive support towards the film series event launched by the President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.

The Executive Secretary for the NFA, Ms. Juliet Yaa Asantewaa Asante, said the presidential film pitch series is a pipeline, down the value chain intervention that addresses a huge gap in the system. It also intends to creates a marketplace for good ideas within the film ecosystem to align with the investment they need on one hand and the distribution on the other hand to help ensure a good return on investment, whilst reaching audiences in Ghana and globally.

According to her, the initiative would further help give Ghana a leverage towards its goal of becoming a film hub in the African continent.

BACKROUND

The development and classification of Film Act 935 mandates the National Film Authority to oversee, regulate and develop the Film industry in Ghana. The ACT also provides the legal framework for the production, regulation, nurturing and development of the Ghanaian film industry and for the distribution, exhibition and marketing of films and for related matters.

 

 

 

 

MEETING OF A FORTY-MEMBER DELEGATION FROM THE NATIONAL DEFENCE COLLEGE OF TANZANIA WITH STAFF OF THE MINISTRY OF TOURISM, ARTS AND CULTURE, GHANA.

A forty-member delegation from the National Defence College of Tanzania paid a courtesy call on the Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture on 20th April, 2021.  The purpose of the visit was to familiarize themselves with the work of the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture and use the knowledge gained to create new opportunities and better collaboration among the two countries.

Welcoming the delegation at the ministry was the Chief Director, Mr John Yao Agbeko, who apologized on behalf of the sector minister, Hon. Dr. Mohammed Awal for his inability to meet with them due to circumstances beyond his control.

Speaking on behalf of the delegation, Major General Ibrahim Michael Mhona, the Commandant of the College, said the college was established to train staff and later expanded to embrace other African nationals who require training in strategic and security management. It has further be widened to include other nationals.  This training according to the Commandant lasts for a period of 47 weeks. The current batch is the ninth of series of courses that have been organised since the college was established. There are however specialized courses that are organised for specialised groups within the army. According to him, the forty-member delegation is made up of a Bangladeshi, Zambian, Malawian, Burundians, Kenyans and Liberians.

He said Ghana was chosen for the study tour because they wanted to know the story behind Ghana’s success, in terms of politics at the sub region, regional, global and international relations. Again, it is to help strengthen the relationship between the two countries which dates back to the struggles of independence, with Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah and Mwalimu Julius Nyerere as leaders who wanted to see the total liberation of all Africans from colonial rule.

Adding her voice to the welcome by the Chief Director of the Ministry was Ms Edna Jane Nyame, Executive Director of the National Commission on Culture. She welcomed the delegation and said the mandate of her Commission, an agency under the Ministry, is to support the development of the cultural life of Ghanaians in all aspects.

Mr Richardson Fio Commey, the Ag. Director of Research and Public Relations at the National Commission on Culture briefed the delegation on Ghana’s History, Traditions and Cultural Heritage. He gave a brief background to the History, traditions and politics in Ghana and the population citing the major group and minorities as well as the languages spoken and the dialects. He also mentioned that though Ghana has about 100 languages only 9 are being promoted by government. He reiterated the statement made by the Executive Director of the National Commission on Culture and said, not only are we promoting culture and heritage, but we have also gone beyond that to preserve and protect our artefacts and historical interests hence the development of a Cultural policy for Ghana. He also said, as a country we have also tried to promote and protect the Ghanaian identity – the self-reliance and dignity of labour which has been translated into the Ghana Beyond Aid Agenda being vigorously promoted by government.

The presentation opened the way for the delegation to learn about our sights and sound and to have a first-hand information on Ghana. Time was also allotted for the delegation to interact and ask questions, and make clarifications on what they had learned from the Ministry.      

Also present at the meeting was the Director of Research, Statistics and Information Management, Mrs Mabel Cudjoe and Ag. Director for Project, Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, Mr Geoffrey Tamakloe.

THE AGI BRANCH CHAIRMAN OF OTI, EASTERN PAID A COURTESY CALL ON THE MINISTER OF TOURISM, ARTS AND CULTURE.

The Eastern, Volta and Oti Regional Branch Chairman of the Association of Ghana Industries (AGI), Mr. Dela Gadzanku led a 3- Member delegation to pay a courtesy call on the Minister for Tourism, Arts and Culture. Hon. Dr.  Mohammed Ibrahim Awal, at his office in Accra on 12th April, 2021.

Briefing the Tourism Sector Minister, Mr. Dela indicated that the purpose for the visit was to discuss how the possibility of the Ghana industries or the Private Sector could partner the Government of Ghana to re-invigorate the Tourism, Arts and Culture Sector.

Mr Dela emphasized that his outfit has launched the 5th Volta Trade and Investment Fair which is expected to take place between 15th and 28th November, 2021, at Ho in the Volta Region.

     The Fair according to him is geared towards promoting the numerous tourism and investment opportunities in the Volta Region.

Mr. Dela added that as part of the fair in the Region, there would be an arrangement for both local and international tourists to visit the various tourism sites in the Region. This according to him, would further help in boosting the Ghana’s domestic tourism drive for the country.

The AGI branch chairman also entreated the tourism sector Minister to improve on the Ghana’s Tourism infrastructure, a situation he said is fundamental to the development of Tourism sphere in Ghana.

       Mrs.  Jarnice Odoakor, Member of AGI also implored the Tourism Minister to promote Ghanaian’s Chefs and the Ghanaian cuisines on the international scenes, adding that the Ghanaian chefs should be given a spotlight globally by rebranding the locally made foods and beverages with good packaging in order to generate maximum patronage.

According to her, the initiative when pursued would have the propensity to turn the economic fortunes of Ghana around and also create employment for those in the Tourism value chain.

She emphasized that in Begoro in the Eastern Region, there have been an ancient rock landscape that stretches up to the Volta Region which could also be a potential source of Tourism attraction when properly exploited to the latter.

              The Minister for Tourism, Arts & Culture; Hon. Dr. Mohammed Ibrahim Awal, expressed his desire to boost Ghana’s Tourism Sector to employ about 40% Ghanaians in the tourism value chain. 

He disclosed that his Ministry intends to launch an initiative to promote Domestic Tourism, which would be led by the President, His excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in May 2021 to enhance Ghana’s revenue generation.                    

Hon. Dr. Awal also assured that the Ministry would be more than ready to partner with AGI to promote the Ghana’s Tourism industry.  He disclosed that his outfit intends to push for the construction of a lot of 4 and 5-star Hotels country-wide to accommodate tourists visiting the country tourist sites within the next two years.

He was optimistic that in the next few years, Ghana's Tourism Sector under his leadership would be the number one contributor to the country’s GDP. 

The Tourism Minister assured AGI of his resolve to collaborate with the Ministry of Roads and Highways to fix majority of the roads leading to Ghana’s attraction sites.

 Mr. Atsu Sedor who is the Project Co-coordinator for the Brand name; VISIT Volta, urged the Ministry and other relevant stakeholders in the Tourism Sector to embark on an aggressive marketing and promotion campaign to attract more tourists.                        

Present at the meeting from Tourism Ministry included the Special Advisor to the Tourism Minister; Nana Eliezer Osarfo-Adjei, the Executive Assistant to the Hon. Minister; Mrs. Henrietta Halm-Lutterodt, as well as, the Public Relations Officer of the Ministry; Mr. Alhassan Abubakar Sadik.

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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