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.