“Develop infrastructure to enhance mining sector” – Henry Antwi

Accra Mining Network (AMN), an exceptionally diverse network of industry professionals, has held its 2nd quarter meeting for 2019.

The Network, a team of industry professionals who meet and find best scientific solutions to trending challenges and subsequently advocate to influence appropriate favourable policies held its second quarter meeting under the theme “Contemporary Strategies for developing minerals based value addition”.

Speaking at the 2nd quarter meeting in Accra, Mr. Henry Antwi, an Australian based Mining executive and fellow of the Australasian Institute of mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM) urged the mining and metal companies to capitalize on the vast resource potential of Ghana to advance mineral based industrialization by adopting leading practices to resource governance and sustainability.

He added that in order to develop Ghana’s mining sector in a sustainable way, the country needs to develop its infrastructure and also make capital available to enhance the work of the mining companies.

According to him, for Ghana to be competitive in the mining and metals sector, Ghana needs to make strides towards macroeconomic stabilization and initiate in-country value addition to drive growth sustainability.

This, he said will allow the country to take advantage of the of technological innovation and managerial capabilities.

Mr. Henry Antwi encouraged government officials, mining engineers, the media and other relevant stakeholders to play its part in channeling the nation’s vast expertise in mining by emphasizing the need to identify areas along the value Chain in the sector to promote sustainable development and increase job creation.

Touching on attracting investments for the mining sector, Mr. Antwi showed a model that highlighted investors’ concerns on the quality of Ghana’s rail and port infrastructure that are necessary for competitive free-on-board costs.

“I will also like to call on the government to expedite infrastructure development to boost investor confidence”, he added.

Present at the meeting included Mr Sulemanu Koney, the Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Chamber of Mines, Dr Anthony Owusu Gyapong, Professor of Economics at the Penn State University, USA, and Dr. Peter Amponsah Mensah of Pamicor, as well as members and executives of mining financial services.

Source : atinkaonline.com| Vivian Adu Boatemaa

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