Ghana, Czech Republic partner to strengthen cultural ties

Independence ArchGhana’s Tourism Ministry is to partner its Czech Republican counterpart to help develop and promote the cultural products of both countries.

Mrs Elizabeth Ofosu-Adjare, the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts, made this known when she paid a working visit to the Ministry of Culture in the Czech Republic.

Ghana’s Ambassador to the Czech Republic, Mrs Zita Sabah Okaikoi, accompanied the Tourism Minister to the impressive cultural programme dedicated to the sector Minister.

Mrs Ofosu-Adjare expressed her gratitude to the Czech Republican Government for its willingness to collaborate with Ghana in the area of culture.

She said Ghana’s comparative advantage laid in her unique cultural diversity and richness and both countries could work to promote cultural exchanges.

She added that although both countries had a long-standing relationship, they could do more to forge stronger ties in the promotion of each country’s cultural domains for the benefit of their people.

Mrs Ofosu-Adjare said this would enhance greater opportunities for investments and the development of cultural products.

She said the ministry’s flagship project, which was the marine drive project, had a component in which investors from the Czech Republic could explore opportunities.

She said Ghana was branding her tourism with culture and would use it as a way to develop the tourism sector.

Ms Petra Smolikova, the Deputy Minister of Culture in charge of Legislation and International Co-operation, said Ghana and the Czech Republic had enjoyed a long-standing relationship dating back to the early 60s.

She said the ministry was ready and willing to collaborate with Ghana to further deepen the cultural relations between the two countries.

Mrs Smolikova expressed her belief that this would be of mutual benefit in the exchange of ideas and practices, and cultural re-engineering for socio-economic development in both countries.

“Our outfit is in constant touch with its Embassy in Ghana and made reference to the Memorandum of Understanding between Ghana and Czech Republic, which dates back to 1972,” she said.

She expressed the hope that the visit by the Ghanaian delegation would solidify the already good relationship between the two countries.

Mrs Zita Okaikoi called for the review of the 1972 Memorandum of Understanding between the two countries.

She said the Embassy was willing to start the process of cultural exchange through engagement with the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic.

Source: GNA

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