Oguaa Tourism
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Participants at a day’s joint workshop on equitable economic growth in cities have affirmed their resolve to prioritise and scale up investments in tourism and sanitation in the Cape Coast Metropolis to accelerate development.

According to them, the growth and development of the sector was hinged on the diversity of the historical, cultural and eco-tourism assets, which when fully tapped would make the Metropolis competitive and preferred tourism investments destination in Africa.

They noted that tourism receipts and environmental cleanliness provided an important source of tourism promotion, foreign exchange, tax revenues and enabling economic growth.

The engagement was arranged by Cities Alliance in collaboration with the Cape Coast Metropolitan Assembly (CCMA) to find lasting solutions to the debilitating menace of sanitation, waste management and help tourism development in the ancient city of Cape Coast.

Cities Alliance, an International NGO based in Brussels, is in the country to partner cities and support them to deliver sustainable development to help improve the lives of urban dwellers through integrated and innovative solutions to end poverty.

Funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), the partnership seeks to identify city level actions using local budget and available policy instruments of equitable economic growth to serve as a vehicle for new policy options.

The workshop was to build on an earlier one held last year to prepare a Local Assessment Report (LAR) and to establish City Level Partnership (CLP) through the existing local multi-stakeholder forum.

It solicited different views of stakeholders, including heads of decentralised departments, informal and formal sectors, community-based organisations, traditional and religious leaders, academia and the media.

In 2017, the Cities Alliance in collaboration with the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development prepared the Institutional Enabling Environment Report (IEER) for Agona West and Cape Coast through stakeholder workshops in the two secondary cities.

This year’s participants stressed the need for a master plan drainage system, treatment facility for solid and liquid waste, public education, review of sanitation bye-laws and enforcement of the law.

On challenges, they identified narrow base and poor state of tourists’ attractions, inadequate funding, and lack of political will among others.

Addressing the participants at the opening of the workshop, Mr. Ernest Arthur, the Oguaa Metropolitan Chief Executive (MCE), said the collaboration was the surest way to create employment, increase the revenue base of Assemblies, and rid cities of filth to attract tourist across the world.

He called for the collective effort of all stakeholders to make the Metropolis the cleanest and preferred tourism destination in Ghana.

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