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ASMAN organizes a Small Scale Mining Multi-Stakeholder Forum

Picture shows Edward Kwasi Akuoko, Director: Policy & Research at ASMAN
Picture shows Edward Kwasi Akuoko, Director: Policy & Research at ASMAN

??The ASM-Africa Network (ASMAN) in partnership with the Third World Network-Africa & Solidaridad West Africa is organizing a Multi-Stakeholder Forum on ‘Development of Small Scale Mining in Ghana’ on December 02, 2014 at the British Council Hall, Accra. ?Focused on ?Boosting Artisanal & Small Scale Mining in Ghana?, ?ASM-Africa Network seeks to create a broader Advocacy Platform that will harness multi-sectorial contributions towards development of small scale mining activities in Ghana and West Africa. Participants shall include various?Government Regulatory Agencies, small scale mining groupings, civil society organizations, donor/development partners, academia and the media.

Picture shows Edward Kwasi Akuoko, Director: Policy & Research at ASMAN
Edward Kwasi Akuoko, Director: Policy & Research at ASMAN

The ?Multi-Stakeholder Forum also will serve as a platform for analyses, collate views, opinions and suggestions to influence new policy directions. ?Some emerging developments such as the Inter-Ministerial Task Force to combat Illegal Mining, Amendments to the Mining Law, the need for a functioning mining Policy and a customized ‘Akoben’ for ASM will be discussed.

It is also expected that the forum will understand the issues behind the continuous increase of ?galamsey? activities and gain a clear understanding on the impact of Small Scale on the economy as well as ?issues of concern to the industry regarding the menace and explore possible mitigating measures. ASMAN is a member of the National Coalition on Mining (NCOM), which Secretariat is being hosted by the Third World Network-Africa (TWN-Africa).

Collaborating with Solidaridad, the forum is intended to offer Best Practices and Certification in ASM to help make the ? true value of gold shine for all who are touch by it? and also to offer a national platform to address ASM value-chain related issues to inform future policy formulation.

ASMAN recognizes the frantic efforts by Government to develop and sanitize the ASM Sector, to which this Forum is responding to provide a platform for knowledge sharing and consultations with major stakeholders. ?ASM-Africa Network (ASMAN) is a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), involved in the Natural Resource and Environmental Governance Advocacy, particularly focusing on the promotion of sustainable and responsible small scale mining in Ghana and Africa.

In recent times there have been allegations on issues of human rights abuses, looting by security officers engaged in the operations with destruction and burning of property among others. Despite these complaints, no concrete action has been taking to sanitize the work of a task force put in place to check the work of small- scale miners and this situation poses a worry to players in the industry. Another concern has been the specter of the rise of illegal mining ?galamsey? activities across the country even in the wake of intense operations by the task force, and the likelihood of future extinction of the country?s forest cover leading to degradation of the environment.

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