The Analyst (Monrovia)

Liberia: Deputy Minister for Culture Opts for Autonomous Status

The Deputy Minister for Culture Affairs and Tourism at the Ministry of Information, Culture Affairs and Tourism (MICAT), Elizabeth E. Hoff says she is optimistic that one day the department will become autonomous.

Speaking in an exclusive interview with the Analyst on Monday, January 7, 2013, Minister Hoff expressed optimism and said such transformation will help the department fully administer its affairs.

According to the Deputy Minister for Culture and Tourism, her department is underfunded, as the budgetary allocation for fiscal year of 2012/2013 is very minimum.

She added, "The country's culture and tourism program is not something that people should be pushing down on people's throats, but should be something that we all should appreciate as a people and nation."

Minister Hoff asserted that less attention has been given the sector of Cultural and tourism sector.

"Besides, what MICAT often concentrates on is the information dissemination component of the government. What about the department of culture and tourism? Minister Hoff questioned.

She added, "The culture and tourism sector need lots of money to execute its task by engaging in meaningful ventures or initiatives that would promote the cultural diversity of our country. I hope to see the Bureau of Culture and Tourism autonomous or a separate entity by itself."

Minister Hoff underscored the need for more budgetary allotment so as to formulate and execute more programs across Liberia, noting, such would increase government's revenue generation.

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