In order to realize President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s goal of making Ghana a mining center of Africa, the Ghana Chamber of Mines is crucial, according to Minister of Lands and Natural Resources Hon. Samuel Abu Jinapor.
According to the Hon. Minister, the Ministry acknowledges that the Ghana Chamber of Mines is perhaps the most crucial partner in the mining industry as the organization that represents the interests of mining firms in the nation.
On Tuesday, January 10, 2022, during a working visit to the Chamber, Hon. Jinapor stressed the necessity of deliberate, ongoing, and constructive discussions between the Ministry and the Chamber in order to realize the goal of Ghana being an African mining center.
Additionally, the Hon. Minister asked for increased help from the Chamber in the battle against illicit mining.
He said that the Chamber must take the lead in the regulation of the mining industry and that the Ministry will accept any suggestions and help from the Chamber and all other stakeholders as part of its open-door policy.
“You are one of, if not the most important partner, for the ministry in mining industry. You control an overwhelming stake in the industry and contribute overwhelmingly to the national economy. As partners we have to find proper platform for engagements and I believe that, that is the spirit with which we’ve been working for the past two years. It is important that we see ourselves as partners”, the Minister said.
“For us to be able to derive the needed benefit from the sector, we must continue to see each other as partners. As partners, it is important that we have these kinds of constructive engagements”, he continued.
He said, “We are going to engage on how we can build the mining industry of our country to realize the vision of the president of making Ghana a mining hub of Africa”.
Joshua Mortoti, the president of the Ghana Chamber of Mines, praised the government for its intention to turn Ghana into an African mining powerhouse and pledged the chamber’s complete assistance in bringing that ambition to fruition.
He emphasized the Chamber’s significant economic contribution to the nation.
Local content and taxation were two of the main issues brought up by the Chamber of Mines, according to the Deputy Minister of Lands and Natural Resources in charge of mining, Hon. George Mireku Duker.
He said that the Sector Minister had responded by asking them to give his organization more information about the issues raised above as well as suggested solutions.
The growth of the industry and the Ghanaian economy, according to Hon. Duker, depend on the Ministry and the Chamber cooperating.
The Sector Minister’s ongoing plan to include important stakeholders and partners includes a meeting with the Chamber of Mines.