Africa: Tourism Minister pledges support for Women in Tourism and Business


Minister of Tourism, Creative Arts and Culture, Barbara Oteng-Gyasi, has promised her ministry’s unflinching support to the Women in Tourism and Business Association.

The Minister made this statement when executives of the Women in Tourism and Business paid a courtesy call on her on arrival from the Czech Republic.

The group also seized the opportunity to also congratulate the Minister on her appointment and officially introduce executives and members of the Association to her.

Addressing the team, Madam Barbara Oteng-Gyasi who doubles as the chairperson for the group stated that the ministry will assist the Association to ensure that the team’s aim of increasing and promoting Ghana and Ghanaian businesses is achieved.

“Women in Tourism and Business, I would want to assure you that as ministry we are going to support you so you can also fly the flag of Ghana high in order to increase the footprints of tourists into Ghana”, she added.

The Tourism Minister urged the executives of the association to engage the private sector especially those owned by women in diverse industries across the world to forge partnership and grow the business of women in Ghana.

Barbara Oteng-Gyasi also promised to travel with the team on their next trip to scout tourism and business opportunities in the diaspora for women in Tourism and Business.

She said there was a lot that Ghanaian women who are professionals in their fields could learn from other women counterparts to improve the business of tourism and trade in Ghana.

Ambassador Nancy Sam , President of Women in Tourism and Business expressed the teams’ profound gratitude to the minister and assured her that the association will work hard to make Ghana a household name on the world market.

She hinted that the Association has visited Zimbabwe, South Africa, Czech Republic and Suriname to explore women related business opportunities that can be pioneered in Ghana.

The Brazil Ambassador , H.E Maria Elisa De Luna who was part of the delegation hinted her embassy’s decision to train Ghanaian women in different vocational skills for free in Brazil In support of the women in tourism and business through the ministry of Tourism.

She added that she look forward to sign an MOU to that effect.

The visit to the minster received briefing from the President Ambassador Nancy Sam on their visit to the Czech Republic which was accompanied by the Czech Republic Ambassador H.E Margita Fuchsova and the Minister for Gender Hon. Cynthia Morrison from 27th-31st May 2019.

The leadership of the Women in Tourism and Business Ghana which embarked on the courtesy call included Suzanne Irene Manassiah, Angela Sam, Akosua Agyapong and Nana Mbroba Dabo I.

Ambassador Erieka Bennett, A.U Diaspora Embassy also promised her embassy’s support towards the growth of women in Tourism and Business Ghana.

She also promised to work hand in hand with the association to ensure that Ghanaians and Africans in the Diaspora see Ghana as a business and tourism hub.

The 3rd Secretary for Suriname Embassy, Mr Furgil Pinas also accompanied the delegation to the Ministry.

Women in Tourism and business, which was established in 2017 consists of women at the top levels of tourism and trade related businesses who have come together to promote tourism and trade in Ghana and beyond and to promote women in Ghana.

By Vivian Adu Boatemaa

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