President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Thurrsday, February 20, 2020, delivered his fourth State of the Nation Address in Parliament, in accordance with Article 67 of the 1992 Constitution.

Touching on the Creative Arts and Tourism Industry, President Akufo-Addo updated the country about the success of the Year of Return initiative.

On the National Film Authority, the President said the function of the NFA is to supervise an economically, self-sustaining and culturally conscious film industry in the country.

According to him, the Creative Arts Industry Bill has been presented to Cabinet for consideration, and, once passed by Parliament, the Act will establish the Creative Arts Fund and an agency to promote the industry.

Mr. Speaker, I am sure that, like the Year of Return, which, after its success, has now been declared by some as the Decade of Return, we would be declaring a Decade of Roads, until we get a road network that meets the needs of a modern, industrialised Ghana.

Mr Speaker, one of the major beneficiaries of the ‘Year of Return’ was the creative arts industry. Our commitment to the development of Ghana’s creative arts industry is absolute.

I inaugurated, in December last year, the National Film Authority, whose function is to supervise an economically, self-sustaining and culturally conscious film industry in the country.

The Creative Arts Industry Bill has been presented to Cabinet for consideration, and, once passed by Parliament, the Act will establish the Creative Arts Fund and an agency to promote the industry.

Government has also reaffirmed its commitment to the growth of the industry, by commencing the construction of the very first Senior High School in Ghana dedicated solely to the development of the industry.

I cut the sod for this construction, in Kumasi, again, in December last year. We are determined to do more.