The Minister for Tourism, Arts and Culture; Hon. Dr. Mohammed Ibrahim Awal, has said the president H.E. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has mandated him to transform the arts industry within two years.
As part of his ongoing engagements to reshape the arts industry, the Minister met and had discussions with some players in the industry.
“I’ve been mandated by President Akufo-Addo to transform the industry in 2 years. So with one voice, what you’ll tell me to do is what I will to change the face of the arts in Ghana.” Hon Awal stated
The minister revealed that ministry is ready to inject GHS5 million into the creative arts industry as seed money to help the sector grow.
“As seed money we are going to start with GHS5 million. For me, it is all about making money so that we can move the industry to the next level. Money is what I know and I want to help make that money, grow your business and pay your taxes. So, we will start with that seed money and grow it,” he said.
Hon. Awal openly asked creative arts practitioners to mentioned two key projects that can be achieved within two years
Most of the industry players asked the Ministry to put up good structures that can help them sell their contents and earn massively.
Also present at the interaction was the Deputy Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture- Hon. Mark Okraku Mantey and Akwasi Agyeman-CEO of Ghana Tourism Authority.
Creative Arts personalities at the meeting include Shatta Wale, Prince David Osei D Black James Gardiner, Amandzeba Nat Brew, Rex Omar, Joe Mettle, King Promise, John Dumelo, Ayigbe Edem, Okyeame Kwame, Jayana, Diana Hamilton, MoG, Celestine Donkor, and others.
Meanwhile, Government’s effort to help the arts industry saw the President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on April 28th, 2021, launched an ambitious US$25 million to boost Film and Movie Productions in Ghana.
The initiative is expected to make film and movie production in Ghana a game changer in the socio economic transformation of Ghana’s Economy and to also invariably improve on the economic fortunes of the practitioners in the Creative Arts sector in the country.
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