Minerals Commission (MC)

Mandate: The Minerals Commission is responsible for the regulation and management of the utilization of the mineral resources of Ghana and the co-ordination and implementation of policies related to mining (The Minerals Commission Act 1993, Act 450).


The Minerals Commission would strive to make Ghana the leading destination of mining sector investment in Africa through creating a congenial atmosphere in which all stakeholders work as partners in a safe environment to achieve one common goal; sustainable development through mining.


The Commission’s primary responsibility is to foster the efficient and effective regulation and management of the utilization of Ghana’s mineral resources. This we will accomplish through the development of solidly knowledge-based, self-led organization, which recognizes that mining investment will take place and be sustained only if it is under Win-Win circumstances.


The Minerals Commission Act 1993, Act 450, stipulated the functions of the Commission as follows:

  1. To formulate recommendations of national policy for exploration and exploitation of mineral resources with special reference to establishing national priorities having due regard to the national economy;
  2. To advise the Minister of Lands and Natural Resources on matters relating to minerals;
  3. To monitor the implementation of laid down Government policies on minerals and report on this to the Minister;
  4. To monitor the operations of all bodies or establishments with responsibility for minerals and report to the Minister;
  5. To receive and assess public agreements relating to minerals and report to Parliament;
  6. To secure a firm basis of comprehensive data collection on national mineral resources and the technologies of exploration and exploitation for national decision making; and
  7. To perform such other functions as the Minister may assign to it.

In fulfilling its functions, the Commission engages in the following activities;

  • Investigate the background, process applications for mineral rights and recommend their grant or otherwise to the Minister responsible for Mines;
  • Review agreements relating to minerals;
  • Collect, collate and analyse data on the operations of mining companies for decision making and for dissemination;
  • Organise and attend workshops/seminars/conferences, as well as issue publications to promote mineral sector activities;
  • Liaise with other governmental agencies, notably the Bank of Ghana and the Ghana Revenue Authority), to ensure that the spirit of the sector’s fiscal regime is maintained;
  • Liaise with other governmental agencies, notably the Geological Survey Authority and the Environmental Protection Agency, to monitor and ensure the adherence of mining companies to the terms and requirements of mineral rights granted to them; etc.

Core values

In pursuance of our mission and objectives, the Minerals Commission shall be guided by the following core values:

  • Dedicated, disciplined and hardworking staff;
  • Professionalism, honesty and integrity on the part of all staff;
  • Customer-centered approach to the performance of duties;
  • Transparency, fairness and all-inclusiveness in decision making
  • Effective use of human and material resources.

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