Foreign nationals can no longer do surface mining in the country as this gold business has now been exclusively reserved for only Ghanaians.
The goal is to improve local content, create jobs and make the mining sector lucrative for the people.
He broke the news at the meet-the-press series organized by the Information Ministry.
Mr. Ayisi said foreign companies would only be involved in underground mining operations – extraction of the ore, because of the lack of capacity of the local companies.
43He said the job of the commission was to ensure that there was technology transfer and the projection was that “in the next five to 10 years, we will save contract mining for Ghanaians only”.
He put miners on notice that, consistent with the Minamata Convention on Mercury, agreement Ghana has signed on to, they were not any longer going to be allowed to use mercury in mining operations.
The purpose is to protect the miners and the environment.
The CEO announced the procurement of 100 new mercury-free processing machines, 20 of them would be in the country within two weeks.
These, he said, would be given to the mining companies.
The machines are more efficient and have higher rate of performance.
The mercury-free machines could help achieve an output of 90 percent as against the traditional method’s 40 percent.
Mr. Ayisi said steps had also been taken to tackle mined out areas inundated with deep uncovered pits, something that was endangering the lives of the people and had become a huge bother.
The commission has started a programme to reclaim some of these mining sites.
They have started this in Konongo (Asante-Akim Central Municipality), Bosome-Freho, and the Bosomtwe Districts, all in the Ashanti Region.
Illegal sand winning sites in the Volta Region would also be reclaimed.
He said in keeping with the government’s digitization drive, the commission has from this month (November) phased out paper-based applications for mining licenses.
Anybody looking for a mining license, those who want to go into small-scale mining, could apply from the comfort of their homes or offices, online.
The commission was going to make a mobile money platform available for mining companies to make the necessary transactions where the money involved was not quite big.
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