Tourism agencies lack fund raising skills – Report

The 2017 performance report of the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Arts, MoTCA, has revealed that most of the agencies under it lack the necessary skills to write sound proposals to raise funds for projects under their purview.

The annual report indicated that this drawback exerts undue pressure on the meager budgetary allocations to most of the agencies, which make it difficult to execute her planned programmes and activities.

All the agencies, according to the report, lack the necessary skills in organizing fundraising events and such activities to source grants from trusts, foundations and from other bodies to supplement their budgets.

“This clearly demonstrates the lack of abilities for the agencies to write winnable funding proposals to raise funds for their activities, hence the advocacy for the establishment of project units in all agencies was recommended by CEOs of the various agencies,” the report said.

The report explained that, the capacity to seek external funding becomes even more crucial for the survival of many of the agencies but that could only happen when potentials are harnessed through the formulation of bankable projects within the framework of Public-Private Partnership arrangements.

However, Tourism Minister, Catherine Afeku, speaking at a MoTCA agencies stakeholder engagement in Accra, last week emphasized the need for all agencies under her ministry to employ staff capable of leading, and delivering transformational changes in their various agencies.

“Fundraising is crucial in developing new tourist sites and expanding the existing ones. Since there is limited budgetary allocation and disbursement to the various agencies, fundraising and proposal development is an option to adopt,” she said.

Mrs. Afeku however, admitted that proposal development and fundraising are technical issues which requires some training and support and therefore recommended that fundraising and proposal development training be organized for some selected officials of the agencies.

By Wisdom Jonny-Nuekpe

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