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Deputy Minister designate for Tourism, Art and Culture Mark Okraku Mantey has asked all Ghanaian content creators to project the culture of Ghana.
He said this at the Maiden edition of VGMA’s National Music Summit held this Monday at the Conference Center Accra.
He says Government will be pursuing policies intended to help promote the music eco-system in the country.
Highlighting on the basic things discovered by the Ministry of Tourism, Art and Culture to get the music industry better, Mark Okraku Mantey mentione༙d༙ that, the industry needs training and education.
He promised to embark on capacity building sessions and master classes with both local and international facilitators in the next three and half years to help give the necessary training and education the music industry needs.
Mark added that, the government is putting up a creative school in Kumasi precisely Kwadaso to support the young ones coming.
He also made mention of infrastructure as one of the basic things they will be putting right.
The third point he raised was marketing. “There is going to be National agenda to network with all other agencies across the world so that our creative people gets to identify where they can get the market he said”.
Mark Okraku Mantey revealed that, industry practitioners alone cannot make it happen when it comes to policies; they need government and so the creative arts bill has been passed by the government and the office is going to get into action pretty soon.
National Film Authority is also in operation. He said, “GAMRO, ASORG, Copy Ghana have a peculiar challenge especially with those who used to use blank levy as ways of collecting some revenues for their hard work”
So they must amend the law to be able to make Rex Omar and his people more powerful and get a degree of acceptance.
Mark Okraku Mantey strongly believes that changing the policy is the right thing that will put them on their feet.
He ended by highlighting on his vetting and the need to remember Ghana’s agenda anytime we are creating contents.
We need to include Ghana’s culture in whatever we do to project it to the world he added.