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.

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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