From Ghana Web
Managers of corporate Ghana have a great deal of work to do to convince the rest of the world the justification for their continued flaunting of the accolade “Ghana is the “gateway to Africa.” For while East African neighbor, Tanzania, may not boast as much of a gateway, it certainly has windows of lessons Ghana must learn from to reform her informal mining sector.
Forget that resource-rich Ghana has centuries of mining history, Tanzania’s relative inexperience pales into the distance given the orderly control of her small-scale mining sector reserved solely for locals and supported heavily by the state, with Ghana on the other hand struggling to ensure responsible mining in the sector, commonly called galamsey and criminalized mostly.
Ghana has gold, cocoa, timber, bauxite, aluminum, manganese ore, diamonds and recently joined the community of oil and gas producing nations. It also has more than 10 trillion recoverable volumes of standard cubic-feet of associated and non-associated gas yet to be developed.
Considering that mining takes place in Tarkwa, Prestea, Bogoso all in the Western region, as well as Obuasi in Ashanti, and parts of the Eastern, Brong Ahafo and the Northern regions, Ghana should have been one of the best mining examples in Africa.
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