The Institute for Music and Development in collaboration with Arterial Network Ghana last week engaged members of the Ghana Association of Writers at it’s secretariat in Accra as part of a sensitization project on the challenges relating to the implementation of the Creative Sector Medium-Term Strategic Plan (CSMTDP) for 2010 – 2012.
Supported by BUSAC Fund, DANIDA, International Development Cooperation, USAID and the European Union, the sensitization project among others is aimed at creating awareness and an appropriate environment for the creative industries through facilitation and implementation of the CSMTDP in 2015.
GAW members, who were drawn from various parts of the country for a discussion on the legal framework relating to reproductive rights of writers in Ghana, were also introduced to several issues including the facilitation of the establishment of appropriate and effective collection society, a national commission on films and access to finance and the export market for Ghanaian creative products.
Led by Korkor Amarteifio, director of the Institute for Music and Development, the team equally touched on the promotion of the use of more local content on relevant electronic networks as well as the establishment of a culture / business desk in all Ghanaian missions overseas.
Others include the effective enforcement of and supervision of laws and regulations pertaining to intellectual property rights, support the use of multimedia technology in the Creative Industry and the facilitation of access to finance and promotion of the establishment of desks for culture in Ghanaian missions abroad.
CSMTDP, which also aims at developing and strengthening Ghana’s Creative economy in ways that would enable the country to actively engage in the world trade in creative goods and services, equally include regular policy dialogue and advocacy with actors, promotion of research into the industry and provision of data to inform evidence-based policy making.
The rest are building a creative industry centre in Accra to serve as a creative space / enclave for small and medium scale enterprises in the creative industry, review and ratify all international conventions on culture and creative industry while facilitating the establishment of a council for the creative industry.