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.