The Head of Operations of the Creative Arts Council of Ghana Frank Owusu, stated in a live television discussion on Zylofon TV yesterday that, the much anticipated Creative Arts Bill was only two days away from being passed by the Parliament of Ghana. He made an authoritative statement assuring the panel that despite the delay to pass the law, the Minister for Tourism, Arts and Culture Hon. Barbara Oteng – Gyasi was working hard to get the bill passed latest by the end of the week. He stated this in response to a query by another panelist on the significant development made in the Arts Industry by the incumbent government. The show was being broadcast from the Zylofon offices in Accra.
Frank Owusu’s firmly assured the viewers on the status quo of the Creative Arts Bill despite strong criticism from his co – panelist on the show. “By the close of this week, the Creative Arts Bill will be passed”, he said.
Some stakeholders of the Creative Industry have lamented the absence of the Creative Arts Bill and described it as long over due. Frank Owusu also assured the panel of the establishment and operation of the Creative Arts Court to handle issues like copyright and others before the closure of the year.
He added that the Government had already signed a memorandum of understanding with a Chinese company to commence the construction of an ultra modern theatre in the Ashanti Region.
The Creative Arts Bill was initially promised to be passed by Parliament by October ending by the Minister for Tourism, Arts and Culture Hon. Barbara Oteng – Gyasi.
By Jerry Wonder