Ghana Gold Expo Team Visits Ministry Of Lands & Natural Resources

Ghana Gold Expo team visits Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources
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The maiden edition of the Ghana Gold Expo 2020 under the auspices of the Western Regional Coordinating Council and Aurum Monaco partners of ViewTag Ghana is to be held in Takoradi from the 8th to 10th of March, 2020. As part of preparations towards the event, the Western Regional Minister and Member of Parliament for Takoradi Constituency, Hon. Dr. Kwabena Okyere Darko-Mensah led a delegation to the Deputy Minister of Lands and Natural Resources and Member of Parliament for Atwima Nwabiagya North Constituency, Hon. Benito Owusu to brief his Ministry on the upcoming Ghana Gold Expo 2020.
During the visit, Hon. Dr. Darko-Mensah stated that this 3-Day historic event will showcase Ghana’s source of gold, its position as the first in Gold production in Africa, refinery capacity and government policy to promote responsible gold as we eliminate mercury in gold extraction.
The Convener of the expo, Mr. Steven Blessing Ackah said the Gold Expo will serve as a platform in recognising Artisanal and Small-scale Gold Miners (ASGM) as stakeholders, which includes when undertaking site-level impact assessments; community engagement and social investment priorities as already launched by the President of the Republic of Ghana, dubbed Community Mining Scheme.
The director of Gold Recovery Ghana, Mr. Johan Zietsman mentioned that the event is part of a large vision to implement the Minamata Convention Guiding Principles on Mercury which Ghana signed in 2014 and ratified in 2017. During the expo, there will be interactions with ASGM and local communities through the provision of appropriate grievance mechanisms
The Deputy Minister of Lands and Natural Resources commended the team for their innovative ideas and hard work, and assured the delegation of the Ministry’s unflinching support towards the Gold Expo. He added that the government’s agenda is to promote responsible gold, as the President, Nana Akufo-Addo made a commitment to the local communities to clean up and stop the environmental problems associated with “galamsey”.
We believe with this government policy, both small and large scale miners will increase their capacity to enable the country meet the 30% refined product.
Other members of the delegation were the National Coordinators of the gold Expo, Mr. Kempis and Mr. Emmanuel Treku.