Ghana Chamber of Mines Call for Integration into Non-Mineral Sector
The President of Ghana Chamber of Mines, Mr Kwame Addo-Kufuor has advocated the need for the mining industry to join forces with the non-mineral sector to create an active and sustainable market place.
According to him, the Chamber recognises the need to explore linkages with other sectors and to support indigenous manufacturing, services and supply companies by moving beyond the legal requirements of local content.
He said, “the Chamber deems it necessary to establish and strengthen existing partnerships with other industry associations to broaden the discourse on value creation to spur entrepreneurship in the economy.”
Mr Addo-Kufuor made this statement at the launch of the Ghana Chamber of Mines 90th anniversary celebration held in Accra.
“Mining must deliberately be integrated into the non-mineral sector to create a vibrant and sustainable market place in and around the mining industry,” Mr Addo-Kufuor stressed.
Make Opportunities Public
Mr Addo-Kufuor further called on the state to play its role as a facilitator and a partner of the mining industry to harness the varied opportunities in the sector.
According to him, the Chamber was determined to make known the opportunities in the mining sector to benefit Ghanaian businesses and institutions.
“We are committed to ensuring that the industry contributes fairly to community and national development and the achievement of improved living standards,” he said.
Mr Addo-Kufuor reiterated the commitment of the Chamber to spearhead the drive to deepen the integration of the mining industry to the economy.
90th Anniversary Activities
Anchoring on the theme: “A responsible and sustainable mining industry; a partner for national development,” the Chamber has a series of activities earmarked for the celebration.
As part of the celebration, a 90th Anniversary documentary depicting the contribution of mining to the economy, would be commissioned.
The Chamber hopes to make donations to the Urology Unit of the Korle-bu Teaching Hospital.
Also, on their programmes would be public lectures, media discussions, an executive roundtable that aim at discussing the Chamber’s ideas in deepening value-creation and local content in the mining industry.
Finally, on the bill is the West Africa Mining and Power Conference/Exhibition as well as a National Essay Competition for tertiary schools on sustainable mining and integration of mining into the non-mineral sector of the economy.