The Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts has held a sensitisation workshop in Ho in the Volta Region to enlighten its stakeholders on the Creative Arts Bill.
The workshop was part of a nationwide tour to interact and solicit the views of industry players regarding the new bill.
Elizabeth Ofosu-Adjare, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts, addressing the gathering, mentioned that the industry needs a legal and regulatory framework to back its activities since it contributes immensely to the economy.
The bill when passed would be called the ‘Creative Industry Scheme’ and it would also ensure effective management, co-ordination and facilitation of the activities of creative practitioners and its organisations.
Mrs Ofosu-Adjare pointed out that a Creative Arts Council would also address the issues of funding, copyrighting and other issues affecting the progress of the industry.
The minister said the council would also provide guidance to the industry, train creative arts enterprise operators as well as organise workshops for young people to interact with the older ones in the industry.
She lauded President John Mahama for his enormous efforts to transform the sector to make it conducive and attractive by releasing an amount of GH₵ 200,000 to the industry.
Mrs Ofosu-Adjare charged all to take proper care of government properties, indicating that the Kpetoe Tourist Receptive Centre, which was razed by fire earlier this year, would be rehabilitated.
Mrs Helen Adjoa Ntoso, the Volta Regional Minister, mentioned that the tourist industry is a good sector where the nation could gain more foreign exchange and promote the socio-cultural life of Ghanaians.
The participants commended the ministry for the good work being done to transform the industry.