A collaborative effort among Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Ghana Tourism Authority, and Diaspora Affairs Office, under the able leadership of President Nana Akufo-Addo, has seen the successful launch of the pillars for the Beyond The Return activities which will take effect for a decade.
The official unveiling ceremony took place at the National Theatre on September 9, 2020, and was graced by the Senior Minister, Yaw Osafo-Maafo, Tourism Minister, Honourable Barbara Oteng-Gyasi, the Chief Executive Officer of Ghana Tourism Authority, Akwasi Agyeman, and members of the steering committee.
“May I request that we all rise for a minute of silence?” Mr Agyeman said, “One for our ancestors who went through the torturous journey of slavery, two, for our brothers and sisters who have fallen in recent times, especially our brother Chadwick, of Black Panther fame.” He also asked that we honour the late Elolo Gharbin, who died recently. He was a Lecturer at the University of Cape Coast and a strong pillar in PANAFEST and Emancipation annual events.
“Each of the 7 pillars being unveiled today touches on the many areas that are key to developing Ghana and providing an environment that supports the diaspora,” said Hon. Barbara Oteng-Gyasi, Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture when she delivered her keynote address. She expressed that the team behind Beyond the Return is listening and working diligently to address the concerns expressed by the diaspora community. “Ghana is currently developing a homeland return legislation to facilitate various forms of migration and integration into the country for our diasporan kith and kin,” she continued. “Ghana as a leader in pan Africanism, through the Homeland Return Act, will offer the opportunity for citizenship to our brothers and sisters.”
Senior Minister Yaw Osafo-Maafo unveiled the seven pillars for which government will base its activities on to attract a lot of visitors, investors and further exposed the rich cultural heritage of the country to the rest of the world. Already, Ghana had successfully marked the Year Of Return in 2019, which saw a lot of diasporans, and other Africans visiting and exploring the country to the apex.
“One cannot speak of Beyond the Return without mentioning the Year of Return in 2019, which was a major landmark campaign targeting the Historical African Community outside our continent,” the Senior Minister said. “Over the next decade, the project seeks to consolidate the gains of the Year of Return and grow tourism in the country, showcase its investment potentials and solidify its diaspora engagement programs to promote the African Renaissance.”
Beyond The Return will continue the success story of the Year Of Return with the following pillars; Experience Ghana, Promote Pan African Heritage & Innovation, Invest In Ghana, Disapora Pathway To Ghana, Give Back Ghana, Celebrate Ghana and Brand Ghana. These pillars as launched by the Government will boost Ghana image around the world.
Provisions have been made the Government for visitors to have a headache-free trip to Ghana, explore and invest for the next decade.
See Visuals from the unveiling ceremony below: