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Don’t neglect the creative sector

By
Josephine Nyarkoh, GNA
    

Kumasi, July 3, GNA –
A former Director of the Centre for National Culture (CNC) in Kumasi has called
for aggressive promotion of the nation’s arts and culture because of the
enormous potential for the economy.

Mr. Kwaku Owusu-Akyaw
said the government should put in more resources in the sector and the returns
would be huge.

He was speaking at the
launch of a six-week arts and crafts exhibition in Kumasi.

The event, organized
by the CNC, has attracted exhibitors from across the country and the West
Africa sub-region – Mali, Burkina Faso and Togo.

It has provided the
opportunity for them to put on show and market their great pieces of handicraft
– wood

works and carvings,
beads, portraits, textiles and clothing, as well as cultural and traditional
artefacts.

“Mobilizing for
Ghana’s future through arts and culture” is the theme chosen for the
exhibition.

Mr. Owusu-Akyaw
described the creative industry as a goldmine which must be tapped to bring in
more income.

He said it would not
be out of place to set up a special school for arts and crafts to enable
interested youth to shape their talents – gain knowledge on how to perfect
their products – quality finishing, which met international standards.

This, he noted, could
help reduce unemployment among the young people, create wealth and lift many
out of poverty.

He reminded the
government of its promise to build a national theatre in the Ashanti Region and
said the people were eagerly waiting to see this happened.

Mr. Osei
Assibey-Antwi, the Kumasi Metropolitan Chief Executive (MCE), underlined the
government’s determination to strengthen the creative industry to create jobs
and generate revenue.

He encouraged the
management of the Centre to roll out innovative programmes to boost the
attraction of the place to both local and foreign tourists.

Barima Asumadu Sakyi,
the acting Director of the Centre, advised exhibitors to build local and
international networks for export of their works.

GNA

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