16 November 2012

Ghana: Nana Addo Outlines Vision On Arts and Culture

THE 2012 Presidential Candidate of the New Patriotic Party, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has pledged to give Ghana's Arts and Culture the needed recognition by placing the industry and its key players on the world.

The opposition leader has also pledged to resource the National Film Training Institute (NAFTI) to produce quality professionals such as sound engineers, film directors and producers who can compete efficiently at the international level.

Nana Akufo Addo made the promise on Wednesday when he outlined his vision for the Arts and Culture Industry at the Centre for National Culture in Kumasi.

Asserting that the creative industry plays major role in shaping our culture and also the national development of the country, the NPP Presidential Candidate, said the industry could do more than what it was doing currently, emphasizing that Ghana's Arts and culture industry has the potential to rub shoulders with its partners in Nigeria, South Africa and other sister African countries.

The NPP Flagbearer disclosed that the next NPP government under his leadership will give the Arts and culture industry the proper attention and incentives to flourish and also to create jobs and wealth for our people.

He stated that the next NPP administration will enact legislation to protect the intellectual properties of people in the industry, adding that his government will also take bold steps to limit the exploitation of their creativity and protect the rights of indigenous creativity to ensure that they are preserved.

Nana Akufo-Addo further stated that since the modern world now revolves around technology and innovations, his government will ensure that provisions are made to protect the country's Kente and Adinkra symbols from international piracy.

The former Member of Parliament for Abuakwa South Constituency further noted that "the cultural policy developed and adopted under the ex-president Kufuor's government will be actively implemented to give our culture pride of place in our national development."

According to him, his government will create a data base for the nation's cultural assets and "shall build a detailed inventory of all our cultural assets; this inventory will include all of Ghana's tangible assets and intangible cultural assets like rites of passages, values and belief systems which are in danger of disappearing completely with ageing traditional custodians.

"Once a full picture is obtained, the NPP government, the flagbearer said shall set about improving the existing infrastructure to enable the country's tangible cultural assets to be effectively promoted.

As a measure to ensure that young people take ownership of culture in Ghana, an NPP government will establish national schools competitions on Arts and culture, where winning schools will be deservingly awarded.

"We will also encourage mass production of books that encourages reading and study of culture in our schools", the NPP flagbearer disclosed.

According to the NPP presidential candidate, the next NPP government will also support traditional leaders, who he said are the pivot and custodians of culture to protect country's cultural values and systems.

Under the Ministry of Chieftaincy and culture, the NPP government will establish a new department specifically to oversee the development of all creative industries, as well as draft a national creative development plan.

"We will increase the budgetary allocations to the Ministry of Chieftaincy and Culture and ensure implementations so that the cultural centres dotted around the country are renovated to international standards. We will reactivate all district cultural centres to serve as places to learn and to showcase our cultural identities to visitors and to ourselves", he asserted.

He also said the NPP government will empower the various museums and monuments department to carry out their mandates of preserving and promoting internal tourism in Ghana, while the cultural fund will be increased to support cultural activities.

"The National Film and Television Institute will also be placed with the creative people in the same ministry," he added.

Nana Akufo-Addo said he will create an enabling environment for players in the Ghanaian creative industry to enjoy their works.

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