Ghana’s president Nana Akufo-Addo, has officially opened the Ghana Mining Week. The event is under the theme: “The potential of mining for sustainable development.”
President Akufo-Addo said it was expected that the industry would be a reliable partner for sustainable development for the economy and for the benefit of the people especially communities within the operational areas.
“Creation of the Ghana Expo Mining Week Initiative is a necessity to create synergies that added -up to a stronger economy based on sustainable growth over the long-term. The Western Region and Ghana is endowed with immense economic mineral resources and that the potential of mining for sustainable development is an important subject for every citizen as it had a direct relationship with Ghana’s Foreign Direct Investment (FDI),” said the President.
The synergies from the event, President Nana Akufo-Addo argued, must lead to opportunities for people to get good education and jobs improved infrastructure for citizens to have equal access to benefits that flowed from mining revenues.
He said geological mappings and reports showed that Ghana had gold, diamond, manganese, bauxite, clay, kaolin, mica, copper, salt, the newly discovered lithium and other minerals in abundance which needed to be explored.
According to the President, the government had collaboratively repositioned the industry and created a sustainable environment that ensured growth for existing companies and paved the way for new entries. He said, these industries had seen the establishment of B5 plus, the largest iron steel manufacturing centre in West Africa, under the One District, One Factory (1D1F), and adding “my vision is to make Ghana a net exporter of iron and steel products.”