We can support movie industry but they need to be competitive – Minister

The Minister for Tourism and Creative Arts, Catherine Afeku says that the government is willing to support the movie industry in any way it can.

Recently, the actress Yvonne Nelson called on stakeholders of the industry to sign a petition to the government on issues she believed would revive the collapsing industry.

Speaking to Joy News’ Doreen Avio at a Tourism Event to unveil tourism ambassadors for the ‘See Ghana, Eat Ghana, Wear Ghana, Feel Ghana’ campaign on Sunday, Mrs. Afeku, described the move by the actress as a good one.

“I’ve met her and it is a good proposal; I don’t call it petition. It is a proposal, to get the government to see the potential in the movie industry.”

According to her, having a President and a First Lady who have a keen interest in the development of the arts is an assurance of the government’s support.

The Minister, however, was quick to add that, movie makers had to play their part to complement the support from the government.

“We can only do but to support to create a vibrant industry. But they have to be competitive. It is not free for all. The movies have to be sharp using technology, and the storyline cannot be repetitive and boring,” she admonished.

She believed that if the movies are ‘intriguing, original and creative, government’s support will only come to make things better.”

The Minister, along with other Tourism Agency heads, as well as some celebrity tourism ambassadors are on a tour to promote the ‘See Ghana, Eat Ghana, Wear Ghana, Feel Ghana’ campaign, encouraging the patronage for made in Ghana goods.

The unveiling was a night of music, glamour and style at the Accra City Hotel in Accra.

The purpose of the cocktail was to enable the Tourism Ambassadors to interact with officials of the Ministry, the Ghana Tourism Authority, the private sector operators and other dignitaries.

Present at the event were celebrities such as Reggie N Bolie, Abeiku Santana, Fancy Gadam, D-Black, Lucky Mensah, S.P Kofi Sarpong, Nana Kwame Ampadu, Sam Okyre and the President of the Creative Arts Council, Mark Okraku Mantey.

The ‘See Ghana, Eat Ghana, Wear Ghana, Feel Ghana’ campaign is aimed at re-orienting Ghanaians on a new sense of National pride in its Heritage, Culture and Way of Life.

The Ghana Tourism Authority, alongside the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, will go on a tour to selected tourist sites in the country.

Together with the tourism ambassadors, they will explore as well as create the needed awareness and promote Ghana’s tourism through several outlets including social media.

Source: Myjoyonline