GHANA’S TOURISM MINISTRY OUTLINES PLANS ON USE OF 50 MLN USD WORLD BANK GRANT
ACCRA, Ghana’s Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts has outlined various programmes and activities which the 50 million US dollars World Bank grant will be used for.
The Minister, Catherine Ablema Afeku, told a media briefing here Monday that the grant, provided for the Ghana Tourist, Arts and Culture Sector Improvement Project, would be used to support the Ministry and its agencies to improve sector productivity, create jobs and create wealth.
Afeku said it was the first time the Ministry had receive such a big financial support from the World Bank and the funds would also go towards empowering women and youth in the creative arts value chain, and ultimately, to enhance the tourism experience in the country.
She commended the Finance Ministry for facilitating the process, saying it was incessant pressure from that Ministry which secured the grant. She said the World Bank and the Finance Ministry would supervise the utilizsation of the funds to ensure their judicious use for the targeted projects.
Other projects which the funds would be applied to would include supporting reforms in the Ghana Tourism Strategy and Sector Development Implementation Roadmap and ensuring the involvement of the creative industry in the development plan of the Ministry.
The grant would also foster inter-sectoral stakeholder linkages, coordination and capacity building to create skilled workforce in the hospitality, tourism and creative arts sector, as well as facilitating beach sanitation and commercialization and support micro and small-scale enterprises within the sector for job creation.
She said the funds would also support the Centre of the World project at Tema under the auspices of the Ghana Development Tourism Company.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK