Destination Africa – Lifetime Award is one of the categories at the Africa Leadership Forum Awards. This award is given to an individual who has made a significant lifetime contribution to positive change in relation to “Destination Africa” outside of the African continent.
Hon. Dr. Ibrahim Mohammed Awal, Ghana’s Minister of Tourism, Arts, and Culture, received the 2022 award. Hon Dr Awal believes that tourism development and leadership must be deliberate, inclusive, and long-term. This principle has guided his actions as a Minister. He took office in April 2021. He immediately took charge of the Ghana Tourism Development Project (GTDP). The GTDP is a $40 million World Bank credit facility for the development of Ghana’s tourism, arts, and culture sectors. The GTDP had disbursed nearly $4 million as of April 2021.
It is trite to say that Dr. Awal is a transformational leader who anticipates the magnitude of opportunities in the future and lays the groundwork for them today in order to meet the demands of tomorrow. The future of tourism is exciting, and investors should keep an eye on it. To summarise, while the COVID-19 Pandemic and the Russia-Ukraine war continue to have an impact on the tourism industry, there is a strong desire for a thriving industry, which is inextricably linked to proactive interventions led by the Ghana Minister of Tourism, Arts, and Culture.