A 6-member delegation led by the Zambian Minister for Mines and Minerals Development, Hon. Paul C. Kabuswe has paid a working visit to the Precious Minerals and Marketing Company (PMMC).
The visit was part of a tour by the team on Wednesday, 6th July, 2022 to Ghana’s Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources to familiarise themselves with operations at the Ministry, particularly on issues relating to the Mining sector in Ghana.
Speaking at an earlier meeting chaired by Hon. George Mireku Duker, Deputy Minister for Mines, on behalf of the Sector Minister, Hon. Samuel A. Jinapor, the Zambian Minister said his visit to Ghana was to basically study Ghana’s Small Scale Mining Sector, exchange ideas and to learn best practices in the Ghanaian Mining space.
He noted that for Africa to thrive and prosper in its own efforts and resources, there must be strong and closer collaborations among African countries.
“We need to collaborate and share ideas to help harness our resources as Africans and liberate ourselves economically because we are not yet economically powerful as a continent and as such, I believe it is time to it together and exchange views and not to stay aloof”
He disclosed that Zambia has recently discovered gold and wants to embark on a very robust minerals exploration to ensure the mineral does not end up in wrong hands, adding that the country is mapping up the entire Zambia to among others help understand the extent of Mineralisation within the country.
He also noted that they have taken the decision to clean up their license system because they believe that “mining starts at licensing stage and if you don’t get it right from the beginning you miss the point and therefore you must get it right from the beginning”
He said to ensure an all-inclusive system, they have set themselves on a part to reorganise the Mining sector of Zambia with a new Mining policy framework to ensure this is strongly in place.
Hon. George Mireku Duker on his part, updated the delegation on Ghana’s efforts to improve on the Mining sector through its regulatory framework and decentralisation.
He said he is happy that Zambia has shown interest in Ghana’s Mining sector, disclosing that up to 500 companies have also shown their interest in the exploration of same and also harness opportunities in the country.
At PMMC, the group was received and hosted by the Managing Director, Nana Akwasi Awuah and his management team. Nana Awuah reiterated the government’s renewed commitment to add value to various minerals produced in Ghana, a shift from exporting all of them in the raw form.
He took the delegation to tour the production studio and showroom of PMMC Jewellery, and also the newly constructed state-of-the-art Gold Refinery set and ready to be commissioned by August 2022.
The refinery, known as the Royal Ghana Gold Refinery whose construction begun in 2019, has the capacity to refine from 300 to 500 kilograms per a day through chemical and electrical methods.