The Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, Samuel Abu Jinapor, delivered a compelling speech at the 30th anniversary of the Investing in African Mining Indaba in Cape Town on Monday, February 5. He called for investments in Ghana, asserting its status as Africa’s top mining destination.
Highlighting Ghana’s rich mining legacy spanning over a century, Minister Jinapor emphasized the country’s diverse mineral wealth, including gold, diamond, bauxite, manganese, lithium, and more.
The Minister reported a record gold production of four million ounces last year and unveiled plans for expansion, including the addition of three new gold mines. He invited investors to explore new gold deposits discovered in the Savannah Region.
Jinapor showcased Ghana’s commitment to value addition in mineral resources, citing initiatives such as the construction of a gold refinery and plans for an integrated aluminum industry leveraging bauxite resources.
Addressing the lithium market, the Minister affirmed Ghana’s stance against raw resource export, aligning with the country’s Green Minerals Policy for sustainable development.
Moreover, Jinapor highlighted policy and legislative reforms prioritizing efficient exploitation, environmental protection, and local participation. He emphasized Ghana’s readiness for business, boasting stable democracy, transparent governance institutions, and skilled mining personnel.
The Lands Minister’s address at the conference aimed to woo global investors, showcasing Ghana’s mining potential and inviting them to partake in mutually beneficial ventures.