The governing Council of Ghana Gold Expo, organizers of the Ghana Gold Mining Week 2021 have issued a press statement indicating the Ghana Gold Report 2021 will be released by 15th of September 2021 and distributed to all Ghana Missions Abroad.
The Governing Council led by the Executive Director Mr. Steven Blessing Ackah and Honorable Kwabena Okyere Darko-Mensa, MP for Takoradi have said that the report is on the state of the Mining Industry in Ghana and how Ghana can increase its Gold optimization by the Central Bank of Ghana, as presented during the forum, is set to be available to the general public on the Ghana Gold Expo Website and Forbes Monaco November issue.
The Ghana Mining Week 2021, is an initiative by Viewtag-Ghana as a policy advocacy body that focuses mainly on Promoting Zero Mercury (Responsible Gold Production) in local mining. It provides a platform to advance against the application of the deadly chemical in mining by the Minamata Convention on Mercury and Gold trade traceability.
Mr. Ackah stated that, The report would include insights and recommendations from diverse stakeholders, both local and international, all on National Inclusive Growth and Enabling Policies in the Mining Sector. The Bank of Ghana (BOG) as represented by Mr. Stephen Opata, the Director of Financial Markets presented on the central bank as a catalyst for the formalisation of Artisanal Small-scale Gold Mining (ASGM).
The report also analysed strategic steps and measures to be put in place to eradicate the use of mercury among Artisanal Small Scale Gold Miners (ASGMs), due diligence procedures, monitoring and transparency in ASGM activities and water treatment strategies that Water Commission, Environmental Protection Agency and Minerals Commission can jointly adopt to clean our water bodies. The report will highlight presentations by the World Gold Council, The Ghana Chamber of Mines, Minerals Commission on Mining Exploration, LBMA and other speakers. It also covers a presentation of a Gold Gift to the Vice President, Dr. Mahamud Bawumia.
The event received the support of the Government of Ghana, through the Western Regional Coordinating Council and with the partnership and support of international agencies like Aurum Monaco, Forbes Monaco, Gold Fields Ghana, Bank of Ghana, Minerals Commission, Veola Ghana, Gold Coast Refinery, Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources and other stakeholders in the mining industry.
The event which was hosted in Takoradi, in the Western Region of Ghana, July 1st to 3rd 2021, had in attendance more than 500 people, comprising of representatives from the Office of the President of the Republic of Ghana, Ministries, Government agencies, Mining companies, and Miner groups; 13 Embassies and Diplomatic Missions in Ghana; 10 global financial institutions; representatives from the LBMA, World Gold Council, Forbes, and other notable brands. The event received the Vice President of the Republic of Ghana as the Keynote Speaker, the Western Regional Minister as the host, the Minister for Lands and Natural Resources as Guest Speaker, and many other speakers and diplomatic envoys. Among the attendees were both small-scale and large-scale miners.
Finally, the report covers the Diplomatic Mining Field trip which had foreign envoys and participants visiting some mining sites in the Western region through the unflinching support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration,