Ghana: Dr Awal swears in 10-member PPPF committee to help boost tourism industry
The Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Dr Ibrahim Mohammed Awal, yesterday inaugurated the Standing Committee of the Public, Private and Partnership Forum (PPPF) calling on them to help boost the tourism industry.
The 10-member committee composed of Akwasi Agyeman, chairman, Naa Ashiorkor Otoo, secretary, Isaac Asiam, Madame Josephine Ohene Osei, Dr. Geoffery Deladem Tamakloe, Kwesi Eyison, Dr. Edward Ackah-Nyamike, Seth Ocran, Kwadwo Odame Antwi and Professor Kweku Boakye, as members.
At a brief inaugural ceremony in Accra, Minister Dr Awal led committee members to take the oath of office and secrecy and urged them to initiate strategies to help develop the tourism industry.
He said the ministry was determined to create around 250,000 jobs each year for the tourism sector, adding that “This cannot be done if we do not seize the opportunities in this pandemic to take action to boost investment in the area”.
“At the moment, international arrivals have increased in the last quarter of October 30, to 412,000 from 200,000 last year, an increase of 37%. So by December, we will have double the figure, this which means we are bouncing back. Domestic tourism has also improved from 200,000 to 300,000. We need to do a lot more to attract people, ”he said.
He said the government is committed to improving the country’s tourist attractions, saying the ministry has hired consultants to design a concept for the complete rehabilitation of the entire park and Kwame Nkrumah Memorial mausoleum.
The park, he said, would be completed within a year and would include an administrative block, souvenir shop, restaurants and a library to generate income for the tourism sector.
“This building is expected to bring us at least 2 million GHC per year. The highest we achieved was 600,000 GHC in 2019. We want to gain at least 2 million GHC, which will give us around 86 jobs each year in plus existing ones that will give us around 115 jobs, ”he said.
Dr Awal expressed the government’s commitment to support the industry and urged the public to pay their taxes to help achieve the goal.
Ghana Tourism Federation (GHATOF) President Bella Ahu recommended that the government set aside a fund to help tackle pandemic epidemics in the country.
She suggested that the fund be generated from the existing tax and backed up by legislation so that the government does not suffer in terms of pandemic epidemics.
Dr Ackah-Nyamike, who spoke on behalf of the chairman and the committee, expressed gratitude to the chairman and minister for the honor they received and pledged to contribute their quota to the promotion of the sector.