GHANA BEYOND AID
The private sector plays an essential role in the development of Ghana’s tourism industry.
Historically, the government of Ghana, in 1986, chose to promote tourism to make it a key foreign exchange earner, and hence a facilitator for national development. It was welcome news indeed.
A designated ministry was set up in 1993 to give the tourism sector deserved priority. Providentially, government encouraged the playing of a vital role for private investors in the accommodation, catering, transport and other tourism-related services. Private sector took upon itself the charge to become the engine of growth for the sector, having metamorphosed into individual trade and professional associations in pursuit of their distinctive goals. Hence, entities like Ghana Hotels Association, Tour Guides Association of Ghana, Tour Operators Union of Ghana, Board of Airlines, and Car Rental Association of Ghana, Chefs Association of Ghana, among others, have appeared on the Ghana tourism scene.
In 1995, the Ghana Tourism Federation (GHATOF) was formed, empowered to articulate the concerns of these trade and professional associations effectively and also enhance their productivities.
Besides promoting the welfare of member associations, GHATOF according to its constitution, also undertakes other activities to help advance the cause of tourism generally in Ghana, such as the maintenance of high service standards of practitioners in the industry.
Generally, tourism industry prospects are remarkably high. It has been reported of the Ghana tourism sector as a consistent driver of growth and development as evidenced by increases in public and private sector investments in tourism facilities, arrivals and receipts, employment and contribution to Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
Ghana beyond Aid
Most African countries which won independence in the 1950s and ‘60s were confronted with many challenges like scarcity of skilled employment and infrastructural deficit. To quicken their growth, they relied so much on assistance from their development partners to fund their development needs.
Grants, loans, technical assistance and projects were advanced to these countries with intent to shore up gaps in technical capacity and development finance to promote growth and development. In spite of being blessed with a lot of natural resources – cocoa, gold, timber, oil and gas, etc – Ghana has relied heavily on foreign aid in almost everything we do.
The Ghanaian President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo–Addo has stated a desire to carefully manage the country’s natural resources to achieve a weaning off of Ghana’s development agenda from external assistance – “GHANA BEYOND AID.” The President longs for an economy that is not dependent on charity and handouts but one that properly manages its resources for social and economic growth.
Subsequently, the government of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo-Addo has shown commitment to building a GHANA BEYOND AID especially in certain sectors. Under the drive:
Evidently, on the issue of aid independence, the government of Ghana has moved from the rhetoric to action. Spurred on by this, the Ghana Tourism Federation (GHATOF) intends to hold a conference with key stakeholders aimed at fostering knowledge share and peer to peer learning on what practical ways can be explored to achieve a GHANA BEYOND AID through tourism operations and products only.
The main objective of the conference is, therefore,
to clarify the role that Tourism plays in national development how Tourism has impacted Ghana’s gross domestic product so far, and what can be done to increase the contribution of the Tourism sector for the overall development of Ghana.
The expected results from the conference are listed below;
The conference will combine presentations and panel discussions to achieve its objectives. The presentations will be made by industry experts and professionals.
The conference plans to bring together key tourism industry players, Government Ministers, GHATOF members including presidents and other executives of its various associations, agencies,
Online bookings are not available for this event.