The African Union (AU) Commissioner for Economic Development, Trade, Industry and Mining, Ambassador Albert M. Muchanga and his delegation on Tuesday, September 7, 2021, engaged some selected Ministries prior to their meeting with President Akufo-Addo.
The engagement, which took place at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, forms part of the vision of the AU in ensuring that, member countries attain maximum value from the exploitation of their minerals to propel the needed economic growth, while reducing dependency on loans.
Speaking at the conference, Deputy Minister for Mines, George Mireku Duker, who represented the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources, touched on the various structures and specialized programs being undertaken by the government to ensure the growth of the sector.
Among others, Mr Duker, indicated government's commitment in improving measures to add value to mined minerals in the country, the establishment of Ghana Iron and Steel Development Corporation (GISDEC) and Ghana Integrated Aluminum Development Corporation (GIADEC).
He also touched government's partnership with the Indian government to establish a Gold Refinery to refine about 30per cent of Gold mined in Ghana before its exportation.
The Deputy Minister for Mines, further explains efforts by government to strengthen local content in the mining industry; as well as moves to review the African Mining Vision to make significant input into Ghana's Mining Policy.
He used the opportunity to clarify on the model community mining scheme by government as a way to establish shared wealth in mineralized zones across the country by creating jobs and mitigating illegal mining.
According to him, the focus of the government is to ensure responsible mining and flush out foreign nationals involve in the small-scale mining architecture as the Minerals & Mining Act prohibit it.
He further sought possible areas of collaboration between Government of Ghana and AU, key amongst them is to understudy the Mining Audit Commission established by the Republic of Chile and replicate same in Ghana for an improved mineral revenue management regime.
Present at the meeting were Deputy Minister for Trade and Industry –Hebert Krapah, Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs –Kwaku Ampratwum-Sarpong, as well as officials from the Ministry Finance, including that of Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts.
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