The government has, therefore, invited the investor community to partner it to develop the country’s enormous natural resources in an efficient, economic and environmentally sustainable manner that will ensure the sustainable development of the country.
The Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, Mr. Collins Dauda, who extended the invitation, said there are bright prospects for mining in Ghana.
He was speaking in Accra at the opening of the 3rd West and Central Africa Mining Summit.
The two-day summit which brought together key players in the mining sector in West and Central Africa, focused on a wide-range of issues, such as policy development and investment opportunities in the mining sector of the two sub-regions.
Ghana is endowed with enormous mineral resources but for a long time gold, diamond, manganese and bauxite, have been the notable minerals that have attracted foreign investment.
The latest discovery of new minerals is the result of the Mining Sector Support Programme initiative funded by the European Commission.
Mr. Dauda said over the past two and half decades, the mining sector in Ghana has undergone policy and legislative reviews geared towards improving the industry, adding that several macro-economic policies were developed resulting in increased investment in the mining sector.
He said the investment inflows brought about increases in production of virtually all the major minerals with gold, for instance, increasing to 3.13 million ounces in 2009, a record high for any single year for Ghana.
Mr. Dauda said the mining sector also made significant contribution to the country’s economy and attributed the positive showing to the country’s political stability availability of geo-scientific data, favourable legal and fiscal regimes and improvement in governance.
On the continental front, Mr. Dauda observed that Africa has become a favoured destination for major foreign multinational, companies over the past two decades due to the attractive policies adopted by governments and favourable mineral prices on the world market.
“While experiencing these favourable mineral prices, it is instructive to recognise that all mining booms are temporary, and the good times will not always be with us”. He cautioned.
In a contribution, the Chief Executive Officer of Modern Gold Refinery in Ghana, Dr. Lorinda Liang, said her company has plans to establish a recycling plant in Ghana in August, 2011 for the production of sim cards and other products.
She said the plant, to be sited in Takoradi in the Western Region, will generate about 25,000 jobs, but indicated that the realisation of that ambition will largely depend on the stabilisation of the cedi and the economy.
Dr. Liang urged government agencies to lend their support in order to ensure the success of the project.
Source: Daily Graphic