The Minister of Tourism , Culture and Creative Arts, Ms Elizabeth Ofosu Agyare, has said Ghanas economy will grow should the creative industry be given the necessary support.
In a speech read on her behalf by the Director of Procurement, Protocol and Special Duties of the Ministry, Mr Edwin S. Owusu-Mensah, at a forum in Bolgatanga, organised to solicit the inputs of workers in the creative industry into the creative industry bill, she said her ministry is doing everything possible to get the needed support for the sector.
She noted that the industry has the great potential of creating multiple jobs for Ghanaians in the non-formal sector.
She also highlighted the contribution of the industry to country's Gross Domestic Product.
Agyare said a Secretariat has been opened at the ministry to help address their concerns, adding that a bill has been initiated as part of efforts to empower them to improve upon their businesses.Mr John Eugene Nyante Nyadu, the Principal State Attorney, who took the workers, made up of musicians, film makers, drummers and dancers, smock, basket and leather weavers, beauticians and tailors among others, said the passage of the bill would open up business for them.
He assured the workers that their inputs would be considered and factored into the bill before its passage.
On his part, the Upper East Regional Director of Centre for National Culture, Mr Azaanab Waksman, said the creative sector was the fasting growing industry of the world economy, urging government to put more resources to develop the sector.
He bemoaned the low publicity given to some tourist attractions sites in the country, especially those located in the Upper East Region.He appealed to the Sector Minister to impress upon the government to complete the uncompleted Regional Office Complex which had been abandoned for some years.
He added that the lack of theatre and office accommodation was militating against the smooth operations of the development of arts and culture in region, as the office building was dilapidated and needed repairs.