Manhyia Palace to host “Ghana Responsible Gold Mining Summit” in April 2023
His Majesty Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, the Asantehene, is making efforts to guarantee that gold purchased from Ghana is mined and traded ethically.
To ensure that gold obtained from Ghana’s small-scale mining sector is ethically mined and traded in conformity with international standards and best practices, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II has committed to establishing the “Ghana Responsible Gold Mining Summit.”
His Majesty has shown a great deal of dedication to the fight against illicit mining and the promotion of ethical mining, and at the Summit, he will collaborate with key players to make sure that efforts to stop environmental degradation are planned out and properly supported.
The Summit, which would precede Otumfuo Osei Tutu II’s 24th Coronation Anniversary, is set to take place on Tuesday, April 7, and Wednesday, April 8, 2023, at the Manhyia Palace in Kumasi, Ashanti.
The Africa Responsible Mining will serve as the summit’s host in association with the E ON 3 Group and Ansong Askew Ltd. The Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources, its agencies, and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development all support the event (OECD).
International market makers and other stakeholders will also work together in some capacity.
Outputs from the Ghana Responsible Gold Mining Summit will focus on aligning Ghana’s small-scale mining sector with the expectations of international markets.
This will include measures to increase transparency and accountability in the sector in line with international standards of responsible sourcing.
To make sure that gold sourced from Ghana is ethically mined and traded, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II will cooperate with the government of Ghana, traditional leaders, political leaders, and international players.
His Majesty is dedicated to fostering trust among the international community about accountability and transparency in Ghana’s small-scale mining industry.
The Asantehene has made outstanding efforts to protect the environment and oppose unlawful mining. He had been blunt about the necessity for Ghana to switch to ethical mining at several forums.
At a Regional Consultative Dialogue on Small Scale Mining, in Kumasi in May 2021, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II threatened to sanction chiefs within his jurisdiction who engage or assist in illegal mining activities.
On October 14, 2022, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II addressed the Ashanti Regional House of Chiefs in Kumasi and criticized his sub-chiefs for refusing to join the fight against illegal mining and instead accepting money from those who mine illegally, making it difficult for them to contribute in any significant way.
He brought up President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-pledge Addo to put his presidency on the line during the height of the fight against the illegal mining menace again in October 2022 when US Ambassador to Ghana Virginia Palmer paid a visit to His Majesty at the Manhyia Palace. He questioned why the President had even put his presidency on the line when illegal mining was still taking place.
And at the last meeting of the Ashanti Regional House of Chiefs for the year 2022, held in Kumasi on December 14, His Majesty re-emphasized his quest to root out illegal mining from his domain and went head to state that, his office will from next year (2023), summon chiefs whose lands have been destroyed by illegal mining, for questioning.
He warned that any chief who is unable to provide valid reasons would be sanctioned so that they will learn a lesson and protect their lands from illegal mining.
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