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TWN-africa to Host Regional Public Forum on the Small-Scale Mining Sector in Kumasi

Third World Network – Africa (TWN-Africa) with its associates in the National Coalition on Mining (NCOM) would host a regional public forum on the small-scale mining sector in Ghana, in Kumasi, on Wednesday 12th June, 2013 at the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) Conference Hall, at 4.00pm.

The forum will bring together about 150 people to discuss the challenges confronting small-scale mining in Ghana and how potentials of the sector can be optimized. The participants will be drawn from government agencies, academic institutions, civil society organizations, traditional authorities, small-scale miners, media and citizenry with interest in the small-scale mining sector. The main purpose of the forum is to create an opportunity for discussing issues on small-scale mining within the context of on-going mining reforms at the national, regional and continental levels. The theme of the forum is “Optimizing The Developmental Benefits Of Small-Scale Mining Sector”.

Recent cries about environmental degradation caused by illegal small-scale miners have called into question the whole small-scale mining industry and its impact on the economy of Ghana. The great contribution of small-scale miners to the local mining industry aside, the devastating effects of illegal mining operations leading to pollution of water bodies among others has drawn anger from most Ghanaians against small-scale mining. The government in reaction has set up a ministerial taskforce to tackle the situation.

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