- President Akufo-Addo has announced a $40 million grant for the ministry of tourism and creative arts
- He added that the the grant will help upgrade tourist facilities in Ghana
- According to him, Ghana had finalized the Creative Arts Bill, leading to the setting up of the Creative Arts Fund.
The president of Ghana, Nana Addo-Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has announced that the World Bank has approved a $40 million grant for Ghana’s tourism and creative arts ministry and its agencies.
The reason behind the grant, YEN.com.gh has learnt, is to help upgrade tourist facilities in Ghana.
President Akufo-Addo disclosed that the Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA) recorded over 600,000 visitations to various sites under the “See Ghana, Eat Ghana, Wear Ghana and Feel Ghana campaign”.
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According to a report by Myjoyonline.com, the aim of the campaign was to encourage the consumption of locally-manufactured beverages in the country in order to boost the economy.
The president made the announcement on Thursday, February 21, 2019, when he presented his third State of the Nation Address (SONA) to Parliament.
He disclosed that Ghana had finalized the Creative Arts Bill, leading to the setting up of the Creative Arts Fund.
He added that, in 2018, the government provided support to the Creative Arts Council, and the Creative Arts Masterclass, to build the capacity of Creative Arts practitioners in the sector.
“The Eastern Regional Theatre had been completed, and work was ongoing towards the construction of the Kumasi theatre”, he said.
President Akufo-Addo further revealed that the Hospitality Training Institute had been renovated and re-opened in July 2018, to provide the needed training in the hospitality and tourism sectors.
“Under a Tourism Attractions Upgrade Project, several tourist sites, including Elmina Heritage Bay, Axim Fort St. Antonio, Assin Manso Slave River, Tetteh Quarshie Cocoa Farm, Bunso Arboretum, Kintampo Water Falls, are undergoing upgrades,” he noted.
According to him, a draft Legislative Instrument on Sites and Attractions was currently undergoing final stakeholder consultations to ensure that world-class standards were set and maintained at all tourism sites.
Touching on support to persons with disabilities, President Akufo-Addo announced an increase in the share of the District Assemblies Common Fund to Persons with Disabilities from 2 per cent to 3 per cent.
He went on to say that, government had ensured the implementation of its pledge of employing 50% of the persons who manage the country’s tollbooths from amongst Persons with Disabilities.
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