Thursday, 14 May 2015

Australia supports dialogue on small scale Mining

Australia supports dialogue on small scale MiningAccra, - The Australian High Commission in Ghana has held a dialogue for stakeholders in the Artisanal and Small-scale Mining (ASM) sector.

The dialogue is the second Public-Private Dialogue on Mining Governance, supported by the Australian Government, in partnership with the African Centre for Economic Transformation (ACET).

The dialogue, which brought together key representatives of government, civil society organisations, mining communities, and industry, discussed two key topics: “How to Improve the Governance of the ASM Sector”; and How to Improve Public-Private Partnerships to Benefit Mining Communities”.

 The Australian High Commission’s First Secretary Development Cooperation, Ms Zabeta Moutafis, officially opened the dialogue, in Accra.

Ms Moutafis said: “The purpose of these dialogues is to bring key stakeholders and policy-makers together to discuss the complex issues around mining governance, build consensus, and hopefully lead to improved policies that will benefit the wider community.

“The extractive sector in Ghana can play a transformative role and contribute to the achievement of Ghana’s development priorities”.

The statement said with substantial experience in both mining and development, Australia was well-placed to share its experience with African countries that wished to overcome the challenges and reap the benefits of a growing mining sector.

It said the dialogue session focused on issues such as: ‘The impacts and opportunities presented by the small-scale mining industry and galamsey in Ghana and the possible co-existence of small- and large-scale mining in Ghana’.Read More...

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