GIISDEC Undertakes Master Plan Validation and Review Workshop

The government of Ghana through the Ghana Integrated Iron and Steel Development Corporation is developing a master plan to serve as a guide and elicit views from the various stakeholders who have a part to play in the industry and discuss sustainable ways to mine and strengthen the iron and steel industry in Ghana.

Speaking at the opening of the two days stakeholders master plan workshop in Accra on Tuesday, 23rd August, 2022, the Deputy Minister for Lands and Natural Resources in charge of mines, George Mireku Duker explained that, adopting strategies to promote and optimize value development along the entire value chain of Ghana’s iron ore resources in order to diversify the economy birthed the Ghana Integrated Iron and Steel Development Corporation (GIISDEC).

He rallied support for the Iron and Steel Corporation’s Masterplan, which he said will contain a clearly defined, stable and predictable trajectory for the industry to enable credible investors to make informed decisions.

“I am told the draft you are about to review here today has been carefully prepared to take on board best practices vis-a-vis our own peculiar circumstances,” he said.

The priority of the government of H.E. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, going forward, through the supervision and participation of the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources is to translate the volumes of minerals production in Ghana into wealth, that will benefit all stakeholders equitably, through value addition and the linkage of development with the rest of the economy.

The Deputy Mines Minister, in his remark, added that the exploitation of these minerals has contributed significantly to Ghana’s developmental trajectory, saying “gold alone has provided approximately forty percent (40%) of our export earnings while accounting for more than ninety percent (90%) of our gross mineral revenues.”

Hon. Duker said that “as significant as these benefits have been, they have, however, been largely deprived of the upstream side of the Mining activities, with little or no attention to the downstream which holds even more potential for Ghana’s sustainable development”.

He said the immediate challenge, therefore, has been how to harness the full potential of Mining to maximize benefits along its entire value chain sustainably, which he said, is the priority of H.E the President of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, in making Ghana, a Mining Hub in Africa, where all mining and related activities, as well as various linkages, will be centered.

He asserted that this will be achieved by implementing a policy and legislative framework toward a robust mining industry, which substantially retains the full value chain of the industry from exploration, to mining, refinery, smelting and downstream production to support financial services.

In his concluding remarks, Hon. Duker admonished the leadership of GIISDEC to work assiduously and come up with a workable Masterplan to pave way for an aggressive investor roadshow in the shortest possible time, adding that, the Ministry will continue to discharge oversight responsibilities towards the realization of the government’s vision for the establishment of an Integrated Iron and Steel Industry in Ghana.

In his welcome address, the Chief Executive Officer of GIISDEC, Mr. Kwabena Bonsu Fordwor said the aim of the workshop is to elicit views from the various stakeholders who have a part to play in the industry and discuss the final draft of the Masterplan for the Integrated Iron and Steel Industry (IISI).

He hoped that at the end of the workshop, all suggestions, and recommendations will be incorporated into the final version of the master plan to enrich the document which will serve as the roadmap for the IISI.

The Board Chairman of GIISDEC, Hon. Farouk Aliu Mahama (MP) said Global trends indicate a growing demand for iron and its related artifacts. “Our mission for a clear path to develop a vibrant industry is long overdue and our vision to be the iron and steel hub in Africa defines our intents and underscores our
bold aspirations” .

Story by:Kwaku Stephen

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