Tourism Ministry Bashed For Signing Tourism Agreement With South Africa Amidst Xenophobic Attacks

Ministry of Tourism and South Africa

The later part of the last two weeks and all of last week was dominated by the sad and horrific attacks on African migrants living in South Africa.

In renewed xenophobic attacks, South Africans burnt down mostly Nigerian owned shops and physically harmed others.

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This started a continental discussion on what it meant to be African – it also led to people calling on others to boycott South African owned businesses.

During this time, African governments were condemning the South African government and calling on them to do more to protect African migrants.

Even the Government of Ghana also released a statement condemning the attacks.

However, amidst all that and in what seems like bad timing, the Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture Barbara Oteng Gyasi flew to South Africa with a delegation to sign a tourism agreement with South Africa.

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The poor timing casts a dark shadow on what is a great initiative for both countries.

In a Twitter thread, the ministry threw more light on what this new tourism agreement with South Africa entails…

However, others were of the opinion that the Ghanaian minister should have at least put this agreement on hold the wake of this renewed xenophobic attacks.

Should it have been business as usual for the tourism ministry?

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