Akufo-Addo’s Policies Helped Ghana Regain Leading Producer Of Gold Position In Africa – Jinapor

Source The Ghana Report

The Lands and Natural Resources Minister, Samuel Abu Jinapor, has attributed Ghana’s position as the leading producer of gold in Africa to policies and programmes implemented by the government over the years.

He made this claim after a Reuters report indicated that Ghana has displaced South Africa known for being the leading producer of Gold in Africa.

In a statement, Jinapor said the active intervention by President Akufo-Addo’s government in collaboration with the Chamber of Mines has contributed to this great significant change in Ghana’s position.

“Ghana has gained her position as Africa’s number one gold-producing country. This remarkable feat is attributable to the policies and programmes being implemented by the Akufo-Addo Government, in close collaboration with the Ghana Chamber of Mines”.

“It would be recalled that following the active intervention by the President, the AngloGold Ashanti Obuasi mine, which was put under the care and maintenance in 2016 was revived in 2019. The Bibiani mine which had been dormant for 7 years was also revived in October 2022”.

“The revival of these two mines, the output by existing mines, and the reduction of the withholding tax rate on unprocessed gold by small-scale miners which was introduced in 2015, from 3% to 1.5% have contributed significantly to Ghana’s new position on the continent”, the statement added.

Data from the Ministry indicates that gold production by large-scale mining companies increased from 2.72 ounces in 2021 to 3.08 ounces in 2022, whilst gold exports from the small-scale sector rose from 98,001 ounces to 655,656 ounces over the same period.

Overall, the country’s gold output increased from 2.82 million ounces in 2021 to 3.74 million ounces in 2022.

In 2022, the Anglogold Obuasi mine increased its gold production by 132% from the previous year, whilst the Bibiani Mine which had not produced gold in the last seven years, contributed 52,000 ounces to the country’s gold output.

Gold export from the small-scale sector also increased by nearly 570% in 2022, as compared to the previous year.

The statement continued that in the next two years, gold production in Ghana is expected to increase exponentially, with the coming on-stream of three new large-scale mining operations, namely, Cardinal Resource Namdini in the Upper East Region, Azumah Resources in the Upper West Region and Newmont Ahafo North in the Ahafo.

It added that gold continues to be the bulwark of the Ghanaian economy contributing some $6.6 billion in export receipts last year.

To this end, Mr. Jinapor said the government remains committed to increasing the contribution of the mining industry to the local economy through local content and local participation as well as value-addition to minerals mined.

He pointed out that the innovative Gold for Oil policy will ensure that Ghana leverages its gold resources through a much more competitive trade as well as stabilize the currency while delivering cheap oil for citizens.

In addition, “Government is grateful to the Chamber of Mines for their collaborations and partnerships in achieving this feat”, he added.

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