Tourism hold key to economic transformation – Tourism Minister
Business News of Monday, 24 September 2018
Mrs Catherine Abelema Afeku, Minister of Tourism, Creative and culture Arts, has needed increased support and investments to cultivate the sector.
She indicated that the Ministry was attempting to develop appropriate policies and administrative structures that may propel the growth of the as a significant pillar for socio-economic advancement.
That, she said, was the true way forward to cultivate the buoyant sector to lift individuals out of poverty.
This was within a speech continue reading 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 intrinsic part towards generating employment and wealth creation.”
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The industry had long ceased to become a field for those who since it required a higher sense of intelligence, combination and technology of multi-skills to sustain businesses.
Investments in the sector, in line with the Minister should be using the nation’s cultural values and modern tools to market development in urban and rural areas to stabilize the economy.
She underscored the immeasurable contributions of the annual Pre-durbar festival because the rallying point for arts enthusiasts to demonstrate artistic peculiarities.
It unearths the tourism potentials also, existing and new dance forms, traditional cuisines, technology interventions, educational tourism, regalia and glamour of customs and traditional governance.
Mr Kwamena Duncan, the Regional Minister who cannot hide 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 each society” and praised the Minister on her behalf indefatigable role to bringing it up-to-speed with modern trends.
Mr Duncan recounted the many magnificent historical monuments, cultural artefacts, festivals and international eco-tourism sites dotted over the Region and urged all to aid.