Hon. Barbara Oteng-Gyasi, Minister for Tourism, Arts and Culture on Tuesday 3rd March, 2020 called on the Cameroonian Minister for External Affairs, Hon. Lejeune Mbella Mbella at the Cameroonian Ministry of External Relations, Yaoundé.

Hon. Oteng-Gyasi was in Cameroon as a Special Envoy of H.E Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo who led a delegation comprising of the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration to canvass support for Ghana’s candidate, Dr. Edward Kwakwa who is vying for the post of Director General at the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO).  Dr. Edward Kwakwa is a Lawyer by Profession with extensive working experience with United Nations and other International Institutions.

WIPO is a Geneva-based self-funding United Nations Agency which serves as the global forum that promotes innovation and creativity for the economic, social and cultural development of all countries, through a balanced and effective international intellectual property system.  

Hon. Barbara Oteng-Gyasi in her presentation to the Cameroonian Minister said that the Government of Ghana believes that Dr Kwakwa possesses the experience and leadership qualities necessary to effectively respond to intellectual property issues in an increasingly challenging world. She reiterated the point that Africa as a whole stands to benefit if Dr. Kwakwa is elected as the Director General on Thursday, 5th March 2020 in Geneva.

Hon. Lejeune Mbella Mbella, Cameroonian Minister for External Relations, on behalf of H.E President Paul Biya, assured the Ghanaian delegation of the support of the Cameroonian Government and went further to state that Ghana and Cameroon need to extend their relations beyond the election of the WIPO Director General in areas such as Agriculture, Tourism and Digitization. He thanked the Hon. Minister and her delegation for the visit.

On behalf of H.E. President Akufo Addo, Hon. Oteng-Gyasi thanked the Cameroonian Government for their willingness to support Ghana on Dr. Kwakwa’s candidature and also for the warm reception accorded the Ghanaian delegation.

As a show of appreciation, Hon. Oteng-Gyasi presented a gift to the Cameroonian Minister for External Relations.


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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