Newmont pays GH¢843.72m taxes to Ghana government
Newmont Africa has paid a total of GH¢843.72 million in taxes, royalties, and levies to Government for the first quarter of 2023.
The amount, realised from operations in the Ahafo South and Akyem mines, consists of a Corporate Tax of GH¢514.57 million; Minerals Royalties of GH¢197.06 million; GH¢78.23 as Pay As You Earn (PAYE); GH¢42.31 as Withholding Tax; and GH¢11.55 million as Forestry Levy.
The accrued revenue was paid to the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA), Forestry Commission, and Ministry of Finance.
“Fulfilling our obligations in terms of statutory payments, and being transparent about what we pay, are in line with our commitment to regulatory compliance and good corporate governance,”said David Thornton, Regional Senior Vice President, Newmont Africa Operations, in a press statement.
He said Newmont Africa’s operations in Ghana had a strong tax compliance history and received multiple taxpayer recognitions from the Ghana Revenue Authority.
“It is important, especially in these challenging times, for companies to honour their obligations to the State, as well as to their various stakeholders through direct payment of taxes and investment in social programmes,” he added.
Apart from the taxes, royalties, and levies that go directly to government towards the growth and stabilisation of the economy, Newmont Africa also focuses on stimulating economic development in the local communities that host the mining operations, through a range of programmes and projects that deliver measurable outcomes.
Newmont Africa’s operations in Akyem and Ahafo have both funded critical road infrastructure, working through the Ministry of Roads and Highways.
The mines’ investments in skills acquisition and sustainable livelihood programmes also ensure that local community residents are equipped with employable skills that are needed in the extractive and construction industries.
Newmont Africa is the country’s leading gold producer and operates two gold mines – the Ahafo Mine in the Ahafo region, and the Akyem Mine in the Eastern region.
It is in the process of establishing a third mine, which is currently at the project stage – the Ahafo North Project. The company is a subsidiary of Newmont Corporation, the world’s leading gold business.
Commercial production at Ahafo and Akyem began in 2006 and 2013, respectively, and currently has about 6,700 employees, directly and indirectly across its operations.
Newmont is actively involved in exploration activities across the African continent, and globally