The Minister for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Hon. Barbara-Oteng Gyasi engaged with the leadership of the Creative Arts industry on Tuesday, July 28, 2020, at the Accra Tourists Information Centre, to discuss how players in the sector could successfully access the government stimulus package announced during the mid-year budget review.
Mrs. Oteng-Gyasi said the GHC50m earmarked by the government for the Creative Arts and Media industries was welcome news as it will help to cushion the finances of players in the two sectors in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.
She said her outfit would further engage the Finance Ministry to fashion out the appropriate modalities that would be suitable for the Creative Arts Sector to access the fund.
She charged the Creative Arts practitioners who would want to access the facility to endeavour to get Tax Identification Numbers (TIN) for them to qualify for the package.
The Minister further indicated that the government recognized the potentials that abound in the Creative Arts industry and the Tourism Sector, hence the various packages offered to them.
She said the overriding aim of all these incentives to the Creative Arts sector, was to revamp the sector to become buoyant and translate the gains into GDP growth, thereby creating employment opportunities for the Ghanaian citizenry.
She used the occasion to implore the leadership of the Creative Arts sector to suggest appropriate modalities that would enable a larger number of practitioners to successfully apply for the fund.
On his part, the World Bank Project Coordinator of the Tourism Ministry, Mr. Divine Owusu-Ansah gave a brief presentation on how Creative Arts practitioners could access the separate World Bank facility.
Among other things, he said the applicant must be a Ghanaian, whose business is registered with the Registrar-General’s Department, and must also register with the Ghana Tourism Authority or the other recognized authorities.
The President of the Ghana Association of Visual Artists, Nana Otuo Owuahene Achampong suggested that the Tourism Ministry should get a technical team to come out with a suitable mechanism for qualification for the stimulus package offered by the government.
The Creative Arts leadership expressed its heartfelt appreciation to the Government and the Sector Minister, Hon. Barbara Oteng-Gyasi, for their relentless commitment to help turn around the economic fortunes of players in the tourism industry and creative arts sector.
Present at the function were the Acting Chief Director of the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mr. John Yao Agbeko, the President of the Creative Arts Council, Mr. Mark Okuraku Mantey, the Public Relations Officer of the Ministry, Mr. Alhassan Abubakar Sadik and heads of the various associations in the Creative Arts Sector.