We need to protect local contents with laws – Mrs. Oteng-Gyasi

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The Minister-Designate for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mrs. Barbara Oteng-Gyasi, has indicated that there is the need to protect local contents on creative arts produced in the country, with laws.


Mrs. Oteng-Gyasi stated that one of the major challenges in the creative arts industry is the influx of foreign contents in the media space.

Appearing before the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Appointments on her new portfolio as a Sector Minister for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mrs. Oteng-Gyasi reiterated that the various media houses in the country have given much time to foreign contents.

The nominated Tourism Minister who doubles as the Member of Parliament for Prestea/Huni-Valley informed the Committee that, local content laws have been passed in Nigeria and South Africa to protect locally produced contents.

She suggested that the prime time of the various media houses should be used to promote local contents.

Mrs. Oteng-Gyasi added that the various media houses should see the promotion of local contents as a responsibility, and that contents produced in the country are educative.

She further explained that when she is given the green light as a sector Minister for the Tourism industry, her Ministry will collaborate with other relevant stakeholders to address the challenge of poor patronage of local contents.

On the challenge of infrastructure at the various tourist sites in the country, Mrs. Oteng-Gyasi stated that a World Bank credit facility has been approved, to develop the various sites.

Source: GhanaJustice/S.Ayisi


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