Ghana’s Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta has advocated for a strategic reassessment of the continued discussions surrounding the development of the National Cathedral, emphasizing its potential to function a big driver of financial development.
Speaking on the Ghana Tourism Investment Summit 2023, Ofori-Atta highlighted the cathedral’s position as a strong infrastructure that might considerably enhance the tourism sector.
He envisioned the cathedral turning into a pilgrimage vacation spot for tens of millions of Christians throughout Africa, doubtlessly attracting guests with a median spending of $3,000 every, translating into substantial financial advantages for the nation.
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“As we look at something like the Cathedral that has economic benefits beyond what we see…In Africa, we have some 600 million people who are Christians so imagine Ghana as the new Jerusalem and these 600 million people floating through with $3,000 to spend, it is a very different reality.”
Despite the continued debates and controversies surrounding the cathedral undertaking, Ofori-Atta urged a extra constructive method, suggesting that the federal government ought to rigorously take into account the cathedral’s potential to contribute to Ghana’s financial improvement.
“Even as we contend with it and fight about it, let’s think of this triangle and find a reason why we should also add that as part of the infrastructure base as we build a society with a strong, resilient, and robust future,” he emphasised.
The Finance Minister additionally reiterated the federal government’s dedication to reworking the tourism and humanities trade, recognizing its immense financial potential to drive development and generate employment alternatives.
He acknowledged the multiplying impression of the tourism sector, stating that it might positively affect different industries and enhance general financial well-being.