Gov’t to launch policy on mining corporate social responsibility – Trade Minister

Trade Minister Haruna Iddrisu
Trade Minister Haruna Iddrisu

Mr Haruna Iddrisu, Minister of Trade and Industry on Wednesday said government will soon launch a national policy on corporate social responsibility in the mining sector.

Mr Iddrisu said the policy will defined the parameters by which the mining and other corporate entities operates to improve the livelihoods of people within its catchment area.

The Minister said this when a delegation from the Ghana Chamber of Mines paid a courtesy call on him in Accra.

Mr Iddrisu assured his readiness to deepen the relationship with the Chamber of Mines and that his doors are open for dialogue in finding ways of addressing some of the challenges in the industry.

He said government will review the public procurement act to give some significance to local companies and create an enabling environment for the private-public sector to ensure national development.

The mining sector has contributed immensely to the development of the country in areas of foreign exchange and employment and that government will continue to support the sector to ensure its growth.

Dr Toni Aubynn, Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Chamber of Mines, congratulated Mr Iddrisu on his assumption of office as the sector Minister, and expressed the willingness of the Mining sector to work closely with the Ghanaian government for development.

He said there has been excessive focus on revenue for the mining sector and advocated for its integration into the entire economy since mining serve as a catalyst for national development.

Dr Aubynn assured the Minister that the Chamber of Mines was ever willing to support the collaboration for the benefit of all.

Source: GNA

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