The Hon. Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, Kwaku Asomah-Cheremeh says a draft ECOWAS Model Mining and Minerals Development Act (EMMMDA) and its implementation strategy has been developed to serve as a blueprint for mineral resources development within the West Africa Sub-region.
He said the document which goes beyond a mining Act, will among other things provide the general framework for the harmonization codes of mining in the sub-region to ensure that countries derive optimal benefit from their mineral resources.
The Minister stated this when he opened the 4th ECOWAS meeting of Ministers in charge of the Mineral Resources Development in Accra.
The ECOWAS commissioner for Energy and Mines, Sidiko Douka explained that, the validation meeting of expects which is being held in Accra will help to advance the ECOWAS agenda on mining and related issues. The ECOWAS Commission he said, seeks to obtain a mining sector that is efficient and well integrated for member countries.
Participants from Liberia, Mali, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Senegal, Niger, Guinea, Benin, Cote de Voire are attending the two day mining conference. EMMMDA-MINISTER-WELCOME-ADDRESS.pdf