A 32-member Creative Arts Council was inaugurated on Tuesday, to assist the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts to facilitate the passage of the Creative Arts Bill into law.
The Council, comprising representatives of all institutions in the creative arts, will also help the ministry to fashion out appropriate policies to enhance the growth of the industry.
Inaugurating it the minister, Mrs. Elizabeth Ofosu-Adjare, tasked the members to give of their best as the passage of the bill would spur the growth of the sector.
She said the Ghana Shared Growth and Development Agenda I and II had prescribed strategic paths for the development and promotion of the creative arts.
Mrs. Ofosu- Adjare said the prospects of creative arts, which would include music, cultural sites, designs and artefacts, kept rising annually as total exports of Ghanaian handicraft increased by 47 per cent from the 2010 figure of US$ 2.7 million to US$ 4.099 million in 2012.
She said the ministry constituted a nine-member committee some months ago, to develop a regulatory framework for the sector, and the draft was being looked at by the Attorney General before being laid in Parliament for consideration.
That aside, she said Parliament was expediting action on the Film Bill which, she hoped, would be passed into law when the House reconvened.
Like the Tourism Fund, Mrs. Ofosu-Adjare said a film fund would be established to help stakeholders ran their businesses.
Further, the tourism minister mentioned strengthening institutional framework in conformity with copyright laws and contract, provision of appropriate legal regulatory framework for protecting intellectual property rights and facilitation of access to finance by stakeholders as some policy interventions to promote and develop creative arts.
Others were export market for Ghanaian handicrafts products and co-ordination among metropolitan, municipal and district assemblies.
Mr. Akunu Dake, Vice Chairperson of the Ghana Culture Forum, who spoke on behalf of his colleagues thanked the minister for her foresight in constituting the council.
He said creative arts was everyone’s business and assured the council’s readiness to work to achieve the purposes for which it was established.
By Malik Sullemana