The Minister of Tourism Arts and Culture, Hon. Barbara Oteng Gyasi, entreated Ghana’s citizenry countrywide to endeavour to patronize the made in Ghana chocolate brand.

According to her, Ghana chocolate, when properly consumed and well patronized, had a significant health benefit which would invariably lead to the economic transformation of the country.

Hon. Barbara Oteng Gyasi, made these remarks during the Chocolate day celebration on the 14th of February, 2020, on separate occasions, when she presented Hampers of Chocolates to some Ghanaian media outlets such as the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation and the Graphic Communication Group Limited.

  Hon, Barbara Oteng, said her outfit was embarking on a marketing Campaign dubbed SEE GH, WEAR GH, EAT GH, and FEEL GH, which were campaign initiatives  boosting both the domestic and international tourism of the country.

She said the citizens in the country should, as a matter of priority, also patronize made in Ghana Products, since it had the propensity to spur the economic growth of the country.

This, she said, would translate into employment opportunities for the Ghanaians in the Tourism Value Chain landscape.

A News Anchor of the GBC, Mr Danny Clerk, who received the Chocolate on behalf of the Management Body, thanked Hon. Barbara Oteng Gyasi for recognizing the contribution of GBC in its quest to promote tourism in the country.

The Managing Director of the Graphic Communication group Mr. Atto Afful indicated that the Graphic Media group had an agenda to promote Ghana’s tourist attraction sites for the betterment of Ghanaian people.

He charged the Minister of Tourism to ensure that subsequent major activities of the Ministry such as the year of Return event would be replicated across the country, and further expressed his willingness to aid the Tourism Minister’s efforts to promote tourism both locally and internationally with the Graphic Media group.

Mr. Affull, also commended Hon. Barbara Oteng Gyasi for generously gifting Chocolates to his outfit.

 As part of the Chocolate day event, the Hon. Barbara Oteng Gyasi, also delivered a presentation on the floor of Ghana’s Parliament on the need for all and sundry in the country to endeavour to patronise Ghana’s Chocolates, since it had health benefits when consumed, and thereby improved on the economics of the country.

Meanwhile, the Chocolate day event was climaxed at the Alisa Hotel of which the Erstwhile Minister of Tourism during President Kufuor’s administration, Mr. Jake Obestebi- Lamptey and a host of other practitioners in the tourism sector were eulogized for their immense contribution to the growth and development of the tourism in Ghana.

Present at the function were some senior officials of the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, the Staff of the Ghana Tourism Authority, as well as stakeholders and Practitioners in the Tourism sector in Ghana.


An official delegation from the Republic of Barbados led by the Barbados Minister of Tourism and International Transport, Hon. Kerrie Symmond, (MP) and the Minister for Creative Economy, Culture and Sports for the Barbados Republic, Hon. John King, paid a courtesy call on the Minister of Tourism Arts and Culture, Hon. Barbara Oteng –Gyasi, at the Tourism Ministry, on the 20th February, 2020.

The visit was at the behest of the bilateral cooperation between Ghana’s Government under His Excellency, Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo Addo, and the Government of Barbados, when the Prime Minister of Barbados Mia Amor Mottley, visited Ghana last year to explore areas of mutual benefit between the two countries.

 Briefing the Hon. Minister of Tourism, Hon. Kerrie Symmond stressed that his team were in the country to cement the bilateral agreement assented to by the government of Ghana and the government of Barbados in certain areas that were beneficial to the two countries.

According to him, the bilateral agreement between the two sister countries was centered in the area of Health services delivery and included projects such as the exportation of some Professional Ghanaian Nurses to Barbados, Ghana Air Navigation with Barbados, Ghana Port Development  Project and the Tourism and Cultural promotion.

He indicated that Ghana and Barbados had some common interests which must be shared for the socio-cultural and economic advancement of both countries.

Hon. Kerrie Symmond further used the privilege to commend the President of Ghana and the Prime Minister of Barbados, for showing good leadership in their resolve to improve the lots of their respective country’s folks.

On his part, his counterpart the Minister of Barbados’ Creative Economy, Culture and Sports, remarked that his country had a deep interest to champion the Creative Arts segment and the Cultural promotion between Ghana and the Barbados.


In her response, Ghana’s Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Hon. Barbara Oteng- Gyasi, stressed that the Ghanaian government had an unwavering commitment to change the dynamics of Ghana’s economy.

This was reflected in President Akuffo Addo’s view that, if the Tourism sector was given much needed attention and the right capital was injected into the Tourism infrastructure, it could significantly transform Ghana’s economy.

This, she said, could create a significant number of employment opportunities for Ghanaians in the tourism value chain sector.   

Hon. Barbara Oteng- Gyasi, noted that Ghana had a huge interest in the area of Film and Music Production, given that the sector is a Multi-Billion Dollar economy, and would take any necessary actions in her capacity to improve the Creative Arts sector, such that the Practitioners could compete internationally.

She recalled a previous successful joint project between Ghana and Barbados, where the countries partnered to cast a Movie production entitled the Joseph project, which was premiered during the Year of Return event, last year.

Hon. Oteng –Gyasi hinted that government had launched the Beyond the Year of Return Project. This project, according to her, is anchored to Citizenship acquisition for the Diasporas interested in possessing Ghanaian citizenship; Investment facilitation for the Diasporas willing to invest in the Ghanaian economy; Diaspora Village for those interested in owning properties in Ghana; and lastly the facilitation of Trade and Commerce.

The Deputy Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Hon. Dr. Ziblim Iddi Barri pointed out that the Ghanaian government, under Nana Akuffo Addo’s visionary leadership, would continue to deepen the bilateral relationship that existed between Ghana and Barbados and the rest of the world, for the common good of its citizenry.

Present at the Function were the Chief Director of the Ministry of Tourism Arts and Culture, (MoTAC) Alhaji Abdullai Yakubu, the Human Resource Director of MoTAC, Mr. Vitus Otto, Langmagne, the Acting Director of Research Statistics and Information Management, Mrs. Mabel Cudjoe, A Deputy Director at the Finance and Administration Unit, Mrs. Memunatu Amuquandoh and other officials of the Ministry.



A High Ranking delegation from the Nigeria Military Defence College numbering forty (45) in personnel and led by the Air Commodore Kehinde Adebayo, paid a courtesy call to the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture on 13th February, 2020 in Accra.


The delegation was received by the Deputy Minister for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Honourable. Dr. Ziblim Iddi Barri.  


Briefing the Hon. Minister, Air Commodore Kehinde Adebayo gave the rationale as being on a study tour, which is part of an assessment for Senior Military Officers in the Nigeria Defence Staff College to undertake before their passing out. D


He intimated that his team was also in the country for strategic reasons which anchors on exploring tourism prospects in Ghana, given the significant success chalked in the Year of Return programme organized by the Tourism Ministry.


Air Commodore Adebayo, stressed that The Year of Return" event was a major success for Ghana, and therefore, there was an ample need for the Nigeria Government to draw useful lessons from it in their quest for organizing similar programmes in the future.


He said the Ghana Government under His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo, has shown good leadership and innovative ways in turning the economic fortunes of Ghana’s tourism Sector, through the Year of Return concept and other polices targeted to boost the tourism sector in Ghana.


Air Commodore Adebayo, used the occasion to commend the Sector Minister for Tourism, Hon. Barbara Oteng-Gyasi, and her able team in making significant strides in the Ghana’s Tourism landscape.


On his part, the Deputy Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Hon. Dr. Ziblim Iddi Barri, also commended the Nigeria Military delegation for chosing Ghana for their study tour, particularly the interest shown in our country and the appreciation of the changes taking place in the industry.


He said Ghana and Nigeria share a lot in common in terms of political History, and, therefore, both countries must endeavour to sustain the relationship, for the sociocultural and economic benefits to be evident.


Hon. Ziblim Iddi Barri, who also doubles as the Member of Parliament for the Gushegu Constituency in the Northern Region, stressed that Ghana’s DNA is very much integrated to the rest of the African countries and recognises that the country cannot achieve its tourism development agenda, unless it is linked to the rest of African.


He underscored that the Government of President Nana Akufo Addo, through his visionary leadership had positioned the tourism Sector to be the centre stage of his economic transformational agenda, hence, its elevation to the rank of a Cabinet status.


Hon. Dr. Ziblim Iddi, further disclosed that Government has taken another bold step to launch Beyond the Year of Return concept, which anchors on Investment facilitation for the Diaspora, in the areas of trade facilitation, citizenship acquisition and establishing a Diaspora Village which are yet to be officially out-doored.


A Deputy Director in charge of Budget, Mr. Gabriel Tandoh, took the team through an insightful presentation on tourism attraction sites and prospects that the country holds for the Tourism sector.


At the end of the presentation, the leader of the delegation and his team expressed their delight for exposing them to such great wealth of knowledge.


Present at the ceremony, were the Chief Director of Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Alhaji Abdulai Yakubu, the Acting Director of Research and Information Management, Mrs. Mabel Cudjoe and the Public Relations Officer of the Tourism Ministry, Mr. Alhassan Abubakar Sadik.



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.

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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