By Malise Otoo
The West African Institute of Mining, Metallurgy & Petroleum (WAIMM) will on April 5 at the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences present this year’s Distinguished Mining lecture.
This distinguished lecture presents participants with the understanding and information for the promotion of mineral development and redirection of government’s focus to achieve sustainable economic growth through minerals-led investments.
Similarly, these series of lectures are aimed at encouraging professionals to combine knowledge in related areas and blend with Ghana’s prospectively, strength of leadership, political stability and attractive social and cultural environment to attract investments to develop Ghana’s mining sector while giving an overview of the enabling factors for resource based industrialization to drive the economic growth of Ghana.
Again, it is to highlight strategies and provide industry inputs to attract investment to the minerals sector to re-examine the adequacy of Ghana’s institutional capability to carry out promotional activities in the wake of intense competition for investment capital.
In recent times, Government has intensified its fight against illegal Mining or Galamsey in what it describes as "Operation Vanguard".
Four Hundred security men since last year were drawn from the Ghana Police Service and the Ghana Armed Forces and deployed to counter the activities of illegal miners in the Ashanti, Western and Eastern Regions of the country.
However, Government is determined to establish an alumina refinery and expand the VALCO smelter, the President, Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo has assured and which WAIMM is in full support of.
He made this known during the 61st Independence Day anniversary, that work on the law establishing an Integrated Bauxite and Aluminium Development Authority is far advanced, and will be submitted to Parliament shortly.
Henry Antwi, Commercial and Technical Advisor - Minerals Development, Oman will be the speaker for this year's lecture and will lecture on the theme, "Developing Resource–based Industrialization to Drive Economic Growth in Ghana’.