1R1T:Theatre for Koforidua ready to be commissioned-Minister

The Minister of Creative Arts Madam Catherine Afeku, has revealed the theatre for Eastern region, Koforidua, has been completed and would be duly commissioned on January 18, 2019.

Speaking in an exclusive interview with Prince Dadzie aka Mr Handsome on GH Entertainment on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, she said, that of Kumasi has been awarded and sod cutting done for the construction.

She indicated that of Tamale and Tarkwa would also be pursued this year.

The minister said the move forms part of fulfillment of the manifesto promise by the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP).

The New Patriotic Party (NPP) promised to build a large theatre for each region during the campaign in 2016.

The manifesto said the NPP government will focus on transforming the country into a major Meeting, Incentive, Conference, & Exhibition (MICE) centre, as well as on expanding the tourism sector, through investment, innovation, the pursuit of service excellence and meaningful partnerships. This will enable tourism to become a major revenue- generating sector that provides safe, memorable and enjoyable experience for tourists.

The party also promised to establish a Creative Arts Fund to make available funds to modernize and develop the creative Arts industry in Ghana.

Below is the highlight of the NPP Manifesto promise for the Creative Arts & Tourism Sector

a. aggressively develop our tourist sites to bring them to world-class standards, complete with the requisite amenities and facilities

b. pursue a deliberate marketing programme to promote our unique historical sites, flora and fauna, waterfalls and other cultural artefacts

c. take the staffing of these tourist sites and our hospitality industry as a whole seriously. To improve professionalism in the sector, we will partner with the private sector to set up a state-of-the-art hospitality teaching facility, with an operational hotel, classrooms, kitchens, library, and dormitories

d. encourage local communities to take ownership and be invested in the sustainability of tourist attractions in their localities, The NPP will champion a revenue- sharing programme to inject 5% of tourism revenues from fees of well-developed tourist attractions into local community projects

e. promote domestic tourism, by making it an aggressive plank of our tourism strategy with a marketing drive centred on entrenching a tourism culture among Ghanaians

f. review and actively implement the Culture Policy developed under the Kufuor-led NPP government to give our culture pride of place in our national development.

g. build a detailed inventory of all our cultural assets, so the nation has a database of these assets.

h. the Copyright Act 2005 (Act 690), among other provisions, provides for the protection of Adinkra symbols and the older Kente designs as expression of folklore. The NPP will ensure that the provisions regarding the protection of Kente and Adinkra designs are strictly enforced against illicit exploitation by foreign interests, to enable the country maximize revenue through the proper marketing of these heirlooms.

i. establish a Creative Arts Fund to make available funds to modernize and develop the sector

j. create a Division of the High Court, focusing on the Creative Arts to deal with all matters relating to intellectual property rights, complete with a dedicated enforcement unit

k. establish a Creative Arts Council to coordinate and harmonize the various interests and fragmented associations into a well-functioning body to protect the interests of members.

l. collaborate with private sector interests to acquire the technology and equipment needed to log creative works, in order to determine true and deserved royalties.

m. promote regional and district literature, music, dance and drama competitions, particularly in schools and colleges, and

n. pursue the construction of modern large seating theatres in every regional capital except Accra, beginning with Takoradi, Tamale and Kumasi, as well as setting up an additional Copyright Office in Tamale to cater for the northern sector in addition to the existing ones in Accra and Kumasi.

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