The Deputy Minister – Designate of Tourism, Arts and Culture Hon. Mark Okraku Mantey on Monday 21st June at the first ever National Music Summit in Ghana, announced a three phase plan summary stating the 3 major areas the Ministry will be focusing on to improve the Creative industry in Ghana within the next three and half years. He stated ‘training and education’, ‘infrastructure’, and ‘Marketing’ as the focal points of the plan. He was addressing stakeholders of the Creative industry on Government’s plan to revive the Arts and ensure it becomes lucrative for themselves and the Ghana as well.
The Deputy Minister – Designate of Tourism, Arts and Culture Hon. Mark Okraku Mantey, stated and explained reasons why these three areas were important. “We at the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture have discovered three basic things that can help the music industry. The first we have identified and are going to work on is ‘Training and Education’. You are going to see capacity building in the next three and half years, masterclasses with local and international resource persons. With regards to Infrastructure, Government is putting up a Creative School in Kumasi to support the young ones coming. The third one is Marketing. There is going to be a national agenda to network all other agencies across the world, so that our creative people get to identify the markets”, he said.
The Deputy Minister – Designate for Tourism, Arts and Culture Hon. Mark Okraku Mantey, also stated that the Grand Arena event facility on the premises of the Accra International Conference Centre, was an example of Government’s initiative to partner the private sector through infrastructure for the realization of benefits and developmental progress of the Creative Industry.
The Deputy Minister – Designate for Tourism, Arts and Culture Hon. Mark Okraku Mantey, furthermore assured stakeholders that Government was indeed working very hard to improve the Creative Industry and asked them to contribute their quota by promoting Ghana through their individual works. “The Creative Arts Bill has been passed and so now, it is an act and the office is going to get into action very soon. The National Film Authority is also operating. The people in the creative space are the drivers of culture. And so, before I end, I want to urge you all to take culture as a ‘big deal’. Anytime you are creating, do not forget the ‘Ghana Agenda’. So, in your own small way make it a point to put something somewhere that will sell Ghana”, he said.
By Jerry Wonder