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.