A four-member delegation made up of the Women in Business and Tourism (WIBT) paid a courtesy call on the Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Hon. Barbara Oteng-Gyasi in her office on Wednesday 29th May, 2019.
The purpose of the visit was to introduce the group which is made up of women with diverse backgrounds and which transcends even to the diplomatic corps, and willing to make an impact on the economies of various African countries in which they have a presence.
The leader of the delegation, Ms Eunice Ogbugo acknowledged womens role not only at the lower levels but as business owners, who have the aim of expanding businesses beyond their borders to other countries.
Ms Ogbugo mentioned that their efforts would be in vain unless they are linked up with established government institutions such as the ministries of Trade and Industry, Gender, Business Development and the Diplomatic Corps.
They shared their experiences with the Hon. Minister regarding activities that they are engaged in and which would help complement efforts of government in transforming the terrain in which they work.
The Hon. Minister on her part congratulated the group for their efforts in helping transform the sector into a viable one. Her only challenge was that, majority of women in the sector are found at the lower echelons and are not part of the decision-making process of most businesses. According to her, women have the capacity and must be supported in order to turn their fortunes around. There is therefore the need to create opportunities for them in terms of packaging and marketing of their wares. She cited examples as setting up eateries and refreshment points at tourist facilities and this can help generate the needed employment as well as revenue for developing tourists sites.
At the end of the meeting, the group presented her with a citation for being nominated by His Excellency President Akuffo Addo to serve in her capacity as Tourism Minister.