Talks between the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre (GIPC), the Tourism Ministry and a group – comprising mostly top film stars in the United Kingdom – have progressed steadily aimed at developing a 400 acre film production facility in Accra.
The project is expected to begin this year and will come with first class film studios to develop and train Ghanaians in the sector as Ghana marks the year of return, an event expected to bring investors and tourists into the country.
This is part of concerted efforts and policy direction by stakeholders to showcase Ghana to the international community and is geared towards boosting investment and employment opportunities in the sector. This will enable business entities and start-ups leverage on the vast opportunities in the industry.
Aside this, British businesswoman, Naomi Campbell will soon lead a group of investors into the country to explore the vast potentials for establishing businesses, and building the capacity of the youth to identify such opportunities and take advantage of them.
This development follows a recent discussion between Ms. Campbell and the Chief Executive Officer of the GIPC, Yofi Grant during last month’s World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
Speaking to the Goldstreet Business during the launch of the 4th Ghana CEO Summit held in Accra, Mr. Grant said his outfit was determined to ensure that businesses, start-ups and the youth take advantage of the opportunities in the sector.
“Apart from visiting, tourists eat, rent rooms, purchase artistic works and show interest in other important things. All these are investments they are putting into the economy. So, the demand is there”, he reiterated.
Launched on the theme The Futuristic Economy: Technology-Driven Future of Business & Governance for Economic Transformation, founder of Ghana CEO Summit, Ernest DeGraft Egyir asserted that his outfit would set the pace in the development of a road-map on the changing trends that have the most impact on businesses and how best to prepare and take advantage in the process.
Meanwhile, the redevelopment of Accra Marine Drive Project is expected to commence in earnest to enable tourists and visitors coming to Ghana for the year of return have a feel of Ghana’s culture specifically on the lay out design and facilities put up.
The master-plan of the Project has been fused with the culture, modern technologies and infrastructure to express the country’s past in artistic works.
By Dundas Whigham