Dr. Mohammed Ibrahim Awal, Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture has specified that tourism absorbs one of every four jobs created in Ghana adding that the figure will change to two, due to the hard work of the Ministry in its bid to double the fortunes of the sector.

According to him, the sector is poised to create additional four million jobs by the year 2024 focusing much on the working class especially young people and women who form the majority of the population.
Dr. Awal made the statement during a ceremony to sign a memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Spanish government at the Conference room of the Tourism Ministry today in Accra.

The MoU which is primarily aimed at capacity building, developing potentials of the youth, and increasing Ghana’s GDP revenue, will help boost the tourism sector and the Ghanaian economy at large.

The Spanish Ambassador to Ghana, Javier Gutierrez has indicated his Government’s preparedness to assist the Government of Ghana and the tourism sector to double its earnings using the capacity building and developing potentials of young people in Ghana for job creation and national development.

He was of the view that such capacity building is appropriate for an enhanced skilled youth to tab into as a guide for their future development.

The International Affairs Officer for Camaras Foundation (INCYDE), Mar Cassanova Llorens detailed that an avenue for the training of trainers and entrepreneurs will be created, as well as high tech incubation in innovative areas in the hospitality and creative art industry.

According to Mar Cassanova Llorens, Spain with a population of 40 million over the past year received 80 million tourist visits as a result of the robust innovations pinned to their tourism sector.
Such innovations she opined, will help young people and women harness their potentials and create new sources of employment across the sector and beyond.
The Chief Director of the Tourism, Arts, and Culture Ministry, John Yaw Agbeko took the time to welcome the Spanish team to Ghana and encouraged that the collaboration between the two countries will inure to the benefit of Ghana and serve as a monumental project in history.


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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