Key Persons at the Launch
Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, Samuel Abu Jinapor, has called on investors in the mining and energy industries to exploit the potentials of their sectors in order to drive sustainable development.
Speaking at the 5th edition of the Ghana Mining and Energy Summit (GMES) and Exhibition in Accra, the Minister stated that although Africa holds 30 per cent of the world’s mineral reserves, available data shows that non-monetary welfare indicators such as literacy rates, life expectancy, malnutrition, and infant mortality are weaker in resource-rich countries within the continent.
He attributed these happenings to poor decisions in relating to the extraction of local resources and called for entities within the mining and energy sector in the country to use clean energy in their activities and responsible mining practices in order to contribute to sustainable development.
The summit, which will be on-going from June 7 to 9, 2023, creates a platform for captains of the mining and energy industries to exchange, collaborate, and discuss new ideologies in leveraging mining and energy for sustainable development.
CEO, Ghana Chamber of Mines, Dr. Sulemanu Koney, described the summit as a testament to the commitment of the mining and energy industries to advancing the mining and energy standards in the country.
He stated that the summit will not only talk about scientific innovations but also have discussions on policies related to the mining and energy sector.
Chairman of the event, Chief Alhassan Andani, called on both the government and private entities within the mining and energy industries to create more innovations in order to improve their industries and contribute to the sustainable development in the country.
By Abigail Atinuke Seyram Adeyemi