Tourism hold key to economic transformation – Minister

By Isaac Arkoh, GNA

Kasoa (C/R), Sept. 24, GNA – Mrs Catherine
Abelema Afeku, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts, has called for
increased support and investments to grow the sector.

She indicated that the Ministry was working to
develop appropriate policies and administrative structures that can propel the
growth of the industry as a major pillar for socio-economic advancement.

That, she said, was the way forward to grow
the buoyant sector to lift the people out of poverty.

This was contained in a speech read on her
behalf at the Central Regional Pre-durbar of the Festival of Arts and Culture
(Pre-NAFAC) held at Kasoa last Saturday.

Mrs Afeku said “the Creative Arts
industry as a platform for national development forms an integral part towards
generating employment and wealth creation.”

The industry had long ceased to be a field for
anybody as it required a high sense of intelligence, technology and combination
of multi-skills to sustain businesses.

Investments in the sector, according to the
Minister must be based on the nation’s cultural values and modern technology to
promote development in rural and urban areas to stabilize the economy.

She underscored the immeasurable contributions
of the annual Pre-durbar festival as the rallying point for arts enthusiasts to
exhibit artistic peculiarities.

It also unearth the tourism potentials, new
and existing dance forms, traditional cuisines, technology interventions,
educational tourism, glamour and regalia of customs and traditional governance.

Mr Kwamena Duncan, the Regional Minister who
could not hid his cultural antics and felicitations joined the celebrants and
lauded the stakeholders for excellent Initiative.

He described culture as “an incontestable
bedrock of the existence of every society” and praised the Minister for
her indefatigable role to bringing it up-to-speed with modern trends.

Mr Duncan recounted the various magnificent
historical monuments, cultural artefacts, festivals and international
eco-tourism sites dotted across the Region and urged all to support.


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