wpid-The-government-has-warned-that-illegal-mining-is-dangerous-150x150.jpgPresident John Mahama on Wednesday opened a World Economic Forum session on Responsible Mineral Development Initiative.

The Initiative aims at helping countries develop their mineral resources in a socially and economically responsible manner.

According to a release from Flagstaff House copied to the Ghana News Agency, President Mahama said in his opening remarks that Ghana was seeking international cooperation to move her from a primary processor of mineral resources to a secondary one.

He said although Ghana still lived her accolade as the Gold Coast, the sector faced a number of challenges such as illegal mining which resulted in the deportation of about 4,700 illegal miners.

?President Mahama noted that apart from a number of legislation passed to inject sanity into the sector, there is the need for technical expertise to manage the system?, the release stated.

The session was also attended by Liberian President Ellen Sirleaf Johnson and Guinean President Alpha Conde.

Source: GNA

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