With exception of theatres, NPP has fulfilled all the manifesto promises on Creative Arts-Kwasi Ernest
A spokesperson on Creative Arts for the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP), Kwasi Ernest has said with the exception of the theatres the party promised to construct, it has fulfilled all their manifesto promises on creative arts.
The experienced music producer told host DJ Slash that the NPP government has through the Attorney General given the approval to establish creative arts courts to deal with copyrights issues.
He argued the NPP has also managed to promote domestic tourism through the recently organized Year of Return initiative.
Mr. Ernest said the NPP has built a detailed inventory of all cultural assets to gel the country have a database of all assets.
Aside from these things, he said the NPP has also trained industry players, provided an avenue for them to enhance their skills and knowledge on their craft.
On the issue of the Creative Arts Fund he said the Bill would have to be passed first before the Fund can be established.
The Bill he said has reached its final stages and would be passed soon and get a presidential ascent.
The Bill when passed into law will also serve as a legal instrument that will help in coordinating and regulating all sects of the creative arts.
He stressed the creative arts master class to help build the capacity of creative arts practitioners.
He mentioned the financial support from the government for the next six months that the government have the arts industry.
He said the government made available GH¢50 million to support the Creative Arts, the Media and the Conference of Independent Universities through Coronavirus Alleviation Programme (CAP) Business Support Scheme also known as CapBuss Fund following the outbreak of coronavirus.
While presenting the Mid-Year Budget Review in Parliament on Thursday, July 23, 2020, he said this money will be taken from the Coronavirus Alleviation Programme (CAP) Business Support Scheme also known as CapBuss Fund.
According to him, the government is going to “increase the CapBuss Programme by GH¢150 million to, among others, facilitate credit of GH¢50 million to support the Creative Arts, the Media and the Conference of Independent Universities.”
This came after the announcement of a $9 million stimulus support for Small and Medium Scale Enterprises to be taken from the $40 million dollar Tourism Development Project Fund given to Ghana by the World Bank.
But in a sharp rebuttal, spokesperson for the NDC on Creative Arts, Rex Omar scored the NPP zero percent.
He said without mincing words that the NPP has done nothing for the NPP.
He asked them to accept their failure and step aside so that the NDC will take over and manage the creative arts industry better through their creative economy agenda.
The agenda the NDC has for the arts he said is the best because, for the first time, the Creative Arts Industry will have a separate ministry to manage the affairs of the industry.
Below is the 2016 manifesto promises of the NPP on Creative Arts and Tourism