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SONA 2021: Key highlights for the tourism and creative arts sector

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, in his State of the Nation Address (SONA), has highlighted key areas that his government wants to tackle with regards to the creative sector.

A lot of stakeholders have bemoaned the “sad” state of the creative arts sector with many blaming the current and previous government for paying less attention to the sector.

But in his delivery, the First Man made some pledges towards development and these are the key things he mentioned to elevate the state of the creative arts sector to its vibrant form.

President Akufo-Addo said the maiden Creative Arts Senior High School project, which is situated at Kwadaso in the Ashanti Region, is near completion.

Already, the first-ever Creative Arts Senior High School, located in Kwadaso in the Ashanti Region, is nearing completion, he mentioned.

He explained the creative institution will nurture young artistes to develop and shape their talents to be at par with the global standards.

Plans to construct five tourism sites to meet international standards

President Akufo-Addo also said his government has upgraded five tourism sites in Ghana.

Government has upgraded five tourism sites to meet international standards for increased visitation, and create jobs and incomes for the people. The new Minister for the sector, the industrious Ibrahim Awal Mohammed, has also indicated his determination to strengthen the Creative Arts industry in Ghana.

Year of Return, Beyond the Return initiatives

President Akufo-Addo said the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture and the Ghana Tourism Authority are working towards the realisation of the ‘Beyond the Return’ initiative after a successful ‘Year of return’ in 2019.

Mr Speaker, our nation continues to benefit from the ‘Year of Return.’ Since then, we have intensified our engagement with Africans in the diaspora and all persons of African descent more positively in areas such as trade and investment co-operation, and skills and knowledge development, in what we call ‘Beyond the Return, he said.

Installation of digital revenue systems at tourist centres in Ghana

President Akufo-Addo said digital revenue collection systems had been installed at vantage tourist points to adequately monitor income collection.

He said the move is making sites more attractive to tourists.

National Film Authority

The governing board of the National Film Authority is in place, and even greater attention will be paid to this sector by government, President Akufo-Addo added.


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