The Ghana Chamber of Mines (GCM), has inaugurated its new chamber edifice to boost operations and enhance efficiency in safeguarding the mining industry. The edifice, which is the secretariat of the chamber, is to serve as the centre for mining information in Ghana.
The President of the Ghana Chamber of Mines, Eric Asubonteng, in his address stated that the edifice will be serving as a centre of excellence for the mining industry, as the Chamber has never been a typical inward-looking business association but one that thrives on churning out a wealth of knowledge and information to support policy formulation and legislation to develop the mining industry
“Make no mistake, this building is not here for its aesthetic benefits but to facilitate ideation and productive partnerships between member-companies and government as we work together to develop an industry that has the potential to totally transform our economy and the livelihoods of people.
“Through useful partnerships, the Chamber has continued to maintain its position as the foremost anchor to Ghana’s economy; and despite the challenges we face daily, we continue to prove our commitment beyond all reasonable doubt,” he said.
He further urged the Minister for Lands and Natural Resources to pay attention to the value chain of mining and continue to deepen efforts and create opportunities for locals to benefit from the industry. “We need favourable dispositions and the willingness to continuously strive for the kind of optimal, interdependent environment that guarantees our collective success,” he emphasised.
The Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, Kwaku Asomah-Cheremeh, in a speech read on his behalf by his deputy commended current executives of the chamber for promoting and seeing to the realisation of accommodation fit for a secretariat with such a history and reputation.
“There is no doubt that the coming into operation of this edifice further underscores the long-term outlook of the chamber’s member-companies for their operations in Ghana, and their commitment to maintain a foothold as we seek to hold onto our lead in responsible mining on the continent.
“The mining industry remains a key enabler of industrialisation and broad-based economic development in Ghana, as for other minerals. We have had the opportunity to reiterate the industry’s contribution to Ghana’s GDP, internal revenue and socio-economic development – but we should endeavour to do more for the country, by continuing to create the needed partnerships that bring the kind of benefits to be associated with a blossoming mining industry,” he emphasised.
The minister in addition commended management of the Chamber for choosing a local contractor to produce the edifice, even though they had the option of choosing a foreign construction firm. He also called on the mining companies to support local assemblies with the needed expertise in undertaking projects under the Minerals Development Fund (MDF), to help improve the lives of their host communities.
The Chief Executive Officer-GCM, Sulemanu Koney, indicated that the idea of building a secretariat for the chamber was conceptualised about a decade and half ago by the finance and budget committee of the chamber, but it has taken so long to come into fruition due to several challenges including funding.
He commended the Executive Director of Salt and Light Ministries and former CEO of the Chamber of Mines, Rev. Dr. Joyce Aryee – who also did the building’s dedication, for her immense contribution.
There are three conference rooms in addition to the boardroom that can host executive level meetings as well as medium-size workshops and seminars; there is also a mining library that can be useful to journalists and researchers alike.
The facility houses a gymnasium to help keep staff of the Chamber and personnel of member companies who care to use it fit and healthy. It also houses a miniature mining museum that will showcase the history of Ghana’s mining industry; and a Sky Bar for informal sessions as well as a refreshment parlour.
In repositioning Ghana as the hub of mining in West Africa, the Chamber hosts the Secretariat of ECOWAS Federation of Chambers of Mines (EFEDCOM). It also houses the Local Network of the United Nations Global Compact’s office. The structure is designed to accommodate persons with disability.