The President of the Journalists for Business Advocacy (JBA) Suleiman Mustapha has charged the media to turn its pens and cameras to the mining sector and support the dream of making Ghana the Mining Services Hub in the sub-region.
Over the past decade, the positioning of Ghana’s mining industry has changed profoundly from being on the defensive against allegations, real and imagined of exploiting the country without giving back commensurately to being the vanguard of efforts to leverage on the nation’s generous natural resource endowment to accelerate economic growth and development to the benefit of the entire citizenry by mainstreaming what hitherto was seen as an enclave industry.
Now, with regionalism serving as cornerstones for building a global economy, Ghana is looking to improve its international competitiveness in all aspects of economic activity.
This aims to increase exports and reduce imports, but more importantly to position the country as a hub for certain forms of economic activity where it has globally recognized competitive superiority over its regional neighbours.
As a result, the Ghana Chamber of Mines last week held a media engagement on steps taken so far towards the dream of making Ghana a Mining Services Hub in the sub-region.
Delivering a speech at the programme Suleiman Mustapha said Ghana has an excellent opportunity to be a continental hub especially with the establishment of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA).
“The partnership between Ghana’s mining industry and the country’s media is proving to be a most useful one for all stakeholders. The effort to make Ghana a regional hub with regards to mining support services is a new frontier where this partnership must be used for the betterment of the industry, its participants and ultimately the country as a whole,” the JBA President noted.
Mustapha Sulemanu added, “We, therefore, hope that today’s event marks the beginning of this new aspect of an already strong and fruitful partnership; one that will culminate in Ghana’s mining support services industry taking its deserved place as a hub for Africa’s solid minerals mining industry as a whole.”
At the engagement, it was highlighted that Ghana’s media now has the responsibility to promote the country’s mining industry as one capable of serving as a mining services hub for the continent as a whole, due to its superior skills and experience.
Both parties at the programme agreed that Ghana’s business media has a vital role to play, in promoting the reputation of the country’s mining support service providers so as to make them attractive to other mining countries around the continent.