The Ghana Chamber of Mines Monday has presented a cheque for GHc778,657.00 to the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources towards the implementation of the Ghana Green initiative and the National Consultative Dialogue on Small Scale Mining.
The Green Ghana is an initiative of the Ministry to restore the degraded forest cover caused by the activities of illegal miners.
The project was launched nationwide on Friday, June 11, 2021, with the planting of over seven million tree species.
The Ministry has targeted to plant 20 million trees next year, hence the Chamber’s support to realise that vision.
Receiving the dummy cheque at the Ministry in Accra, Mr Samuel Abu Jinapor, the Minister, reiterated government’s commitment to greening Ghana and making illegal mining a “no go area” in the country.
Hon. Jinapor commended the Chamber for the Support and expressed the Ministry’s commitment to working with industry to promote responsible mining practices. He further urged the Chamber to continue to offer more support to the Ministry in streamlining policy and regulation in the industry.
He further inaugurated a joint committee comprising technical experts from the Ministry and the Ghana Chamber of Mines to deal with mining matters and related issues with dispatch.
The Committee will discuss and proffer solutions to mining industry concerns and issues regarding policy formulation and implementation as well as directives and legal regimes.
It is chaired by the Deputy Minister in charge of Mining, Mr George Mireku Duker, with Mr Edwin Acquaye, Chairman of the Finance and Budget Committee of the Chamber as the co-chair.
The Committee will also consider the concerns of government as well as its proposed strategic initiatives on the business and operations of mining companies and agree on their resolution and ramifications on the mining industry.
Additionally, it will agree on the solutions that will enhance the mutually beneficial outcomes for the State and the companies whilst at the same time not adversely impacting the competitiveness and attractiveness of Ghana’s mining industry.
Other members of the Committee include Mr Martin Ayisi, the Chief Executive Officer of the Minerals Commission, Mr Benjamin Aryee, the Ministry’s Advisor on Mining; Mrs Juliet Manteaw-Kutin, a member of the Legal and Legislative Affairs Committee of the Chamber; and Mr Sulemana Koney, Chief Executive Officer of the Chamber.
Mr Jinapor said the Ministry viewed the Chamber as a partner to ensure the concerns of industry players were smoothly addressed while resolving emerging issues promptly.
Mr Eric Asubonteng, the President of the Ghana Chamber of Mines, assured of the Chamber’s determination to providing the requisite support to realise the Green Ghana initiative. He commended the Minister for his commitment to working with the Chamber to improve the value chain of mining in Ghana.
He assured the Minister of the readiness of the Chamber and its members to support the government’s progressive initiatives to boost economic development on the back of the mining industry.