Marine Drive kicks off

Marine Drive Project Kick start

A joint traditional rite has been performed by the Osu and Ga Traditional councils to pave way for the commencement of a multi-million dollar project to develop parts of the Accra coastal line, into an enclave.

The two traditional Councils poured libation, slaughtered two cows and two sheep to appease the gods for the developers to start clearing the area for the sod-cutting ceremony in June by president Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo.

The Project, Marine Drive Project, covers 248 acres of land stretching from Osu Christiansburg Castle to the Centre for National Culture, popularly known as the Arts Centre, part of Ga Mashie.

The project, which is a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) is expected to boost tourism and transform the beach area into a tourism enclave, create jobs for the youth, especially those within the catchment area, and increase economic growth.

When completed, the project will have facilities such as beach resorts, hotels, playgrounds and malls, among others.

Speaking at the ceremony, the Minister for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mrs. Catherine Abelema Afeku, assured traders, especially those around the Accra Arts Centre, that the project would not render them jobless.

She hinted of plans to resettle them until the project was completed and said the project would be owed by the people of the land, who she described as true stakeholders of the project.

She recalled that the project was first envisage by the first President, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, to turn the Ga land into a tourism haven.

She noted that a number of stakeholder consultations, involving the chiefs and the people of the land has been on-going for the last 18 months, behind the scenes.

She said consultations, including the compensation plans that were going on during the previous administration, would continue and assured the people that no one within the catchment area would be marginalized.

The Member of Parliament for the Odododiodoo constituency, Nii Lante Vanderpuye, in a solidarity message, expressed delight that the people of the two traditional areas had come together to promote the development of the area.

The Gbese Mantse, Nii Ayi Bonte II, assured government of the support of the Ga Traditional Council towards the completion of the project.

Nii Okwei Kinka Dowuna IV, President of Osu traditional Council, reiterated the traditional council’s commitment to ensure the completion of the project. Saying the project would benefit everyone and called for the need to support such laudable project.

The Marine Drive Project is being executed by three companies, Attachy Contruction Limited, which is the anchor developer, ABP Consults, which is the engineering consultant, and Consortium, the designers and planners.

The developers appealed for prayers and support of the chiefs and people of the two traditional areas for a successful completion of the project.

They called on the people to feel free to consult them if they are not clear about any issue as the construction progressed.

 Marine Drive launched

 

Minister commends staff

Staff of the Ministry and its Agencies have been commended for their hard work, support and dedication despite the challenges confronting them.  The Minister for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mrs. Catherine Afeku noted that the commitment staff to assigned duties is enormous.  This has brought some success to the Ministry.

The Minister made the commendation when she met the staff at a durbar to take stock of work done so far and the way forward.

She stated the three priority areas of the Ministry, which she said included tourism training, Marine Drive Investment Project, and hotel accommodation.

According to her, new schools would be built in the Western, Ashanti and Northern regions to train people in the hospitality industry under the tourism training priority area. On the Marine Drive Project, contractors she said have cleared the site for work to begin.

The hotel accommodation priority area she said will see to the establishment of the Akwaaba Ghana Hotels with ten per cent government share and 90 per cent private share to bring down the cost of hotel accommodation for the average Ghanaian to be able to afford.

Mrs. Afeku touched on staff motivation, saying preparations are underway to take staff on tours throughout the country.

The Deputy Minister, Dr. Ziblim Bari Iddi, was happy that the current administration has been added to cabinet. This, he said is because tourism is at the centre of economic development and need to be part of the decision making.

 

 Staff Durbar

Tourism Ministerial Advisory Board inaugurated

An eight-member Ministerial Advisory Board for the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture (MoTAC) was on Tuesday inaugurated, in Accra.

The Board, chaired by the Minister for Tourism, Arts and Culture would among other things serve as a backbone for the Minister and her Deputy in decision making to promote and develop the Sector.

The Board is made up of Mrs. Catherine Abelema Afeku, Minister of Tourism Arts and Culture, Dr Iddi Bari Ziblim, Deputy Minister of Toursim, Arts and Culture, Nana Oduro Kwarteng, and Professor Ameyaw Akumfi

The others are Oketekyie Nana Anim, Mr Charles Osei Bonsu, Reverend John Buah Kwofie and Madam Sylvia Assimeng Archer.

Mrs Cathrerine Abelema Afeku in her inaugural speech noted that government was committed to creating long term sustainable growth and development in the tourism, arts and culture, and to transform the sector by initiating programmes in partnership with the private sector.

She said the aim of the Board would be to mobilize the tourism, arts and culture industry, its stakeholders, and partners in the private sector to work together towards the development and promotion of the sector that was economically beneficial, environmentally friendly, socially equitable and culturally responsive.

The Sector Minister said tourism, arts, and culture was a significant and critical sector of the economy as it contributed positively to the trade balance through Ghana’s foreign exchange receipts, and sustains thousands of direct jobs.

She assured that as the leader of the Board, they would work with all strategic partners to give confidence to the sector and market Ghana the must visit destination.

“I look forward to working with the Board members whose backgrounds and impressive expertise will inform our work as well as develop and implement a strategy that will build on the foundation we set up in the 2017 budget to restore hope for Ghanaians”.

 

 Audit Committee

2017 Kwahu Paragliding Launched

The 12th edition of the annual Kwahu Paragliding has duly been launched.

The event which was instituted by the Ministry under the auspices of the Ghana Tourism Authority is aimed at boosting tourism within the enclave whilst creating job and income for the indigenes.

The paragliding is one of the flagship programmes by GTA which attracts tourists from all over the world.

 

This year's event will take place on the Odwienoma Mountain, Atibie from the 14-16 of March, 2017.
The general public is invited to participate in the event.

MOTAC Strategises for 2017

Directors of the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture have met to strategise on a collective plan to achieve the sectors targets for 2017 and beyond.

Opening the one-day retreat dubbed MoTAC “Team Building” Programme, which had all Directors and Heads of Agencies of the Ministry, Hon. Catherine Afeku, Minister for Tourism, Arts and Culture, charged them to see themselves as an integral part of the true development of Ghana by working assiduously to achieve the set goals.

“You must see yourselves as the vehicles for the change we all hope to see and continue to work as the professionals that you are” she said.

Mrs. Afeku, assured them of her readiness to lead the path in getting all the needed resources to make the ministry and its agencies deliver on their mandates.

She implored the directors and agency heads not to hesitate in coming forth to share with her any suggestion that will move the sector forward for the benefit of all.

“Let’s work hard and make an impact in the life of industrial practitioners and move the sector forward” she added.

Nana Oduro- Kwateng, Chief Director of the Ministry and moderator for the retreat, assured the minister of their (management) readiness to give out their best in putting the sector on the pedestal it deserves thus getting the needed recognition it so much deserves. 

Hungary – Ghana Annual Music Festival in the Offing

HUNGARY – GHANA ANNUAL MUSIC FESTIVAL IN THE OFFING

The Hungarian Ambassador to Ghana, Andras Szabo has proposed the institution of a music festival dubbed “Hungary-Ghana Music Festival” to boost tourism between the two countries.
The Music festival, which will be an annual event will be hosted in Accra and Cape Coast and will feature both Ghanaian and Foreign artiste. The objective is to increase arrivals into Ghana particularly from Hungary whilst providing a platform for p
eople to network and explore business opportunities.
This was disclosed by the Ambassador when he called on the Hon. Catherine Afeku, Minister for Tourism, Arts and Culture at her office in Accra. According to the Ambassador, music is one of the avenue for directing tourist traffics into a country and thus appealed for support from the Ministry in making this programme a reality. He indicated that, the idea was borne out of the feedback they received when the Embassy organised a music concert at the Alliance Francais during the Hungarian Culture Week.

Mrs. Catherine Afeku lauded the initiative and pledged the ministry’s and for that matter government’s support to the programme.  “This is a very good programme and a good way of boosting tourism between our countries, I believe with your links to sponsors and our commitments, we can take this programme far” said the Minister.

The Minister requested of the Ambassador an assistance to build the capacity of Ghanaian industry players in hotel management, food and beverage, culinary, front desk management architecture and curation.
The Ambassador was accompanied by David Bekesi, Economic Counsellor, was also to announce the opening of the Hungarian Embassy in Ghana and to ensure that the already sound working relationship between the two countries would further be cemented.

Statement by Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture on The Accident and Death of Students at Kintampo Waterfalls

The Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Hon. Catherine Abelema Afeku, wishes to express her sincere sympathies and condolences to the families of the victims caught up in the unfortunate rainstorm that hit the Kintampo waterfalls on Sunday 19th March 2017, killing and injuring many. The dead and injured, mostly students were part of different groups visiting the site.
"We extend our condolences to the families of the dead and pray for the injured who have been rushed to the Kintampo and Techiman General Hospitals", she said.

The Ghana Tourism Authority will work closely with the Ghana Police and the Kintampo District Assembly to ensure the families receive needed support and information. The statement urges the media and the General Public to be circumspect in their reportage especially in the sharing of images of the dead and critically injured.

 

For Further information contact Frank Siaw-Otu , PRO of the Ministry .+233 20 874 5686

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