AngloGold Ashanti Iduapriem (AAI) Gold Mine has organised a media engagement for journalists in Tarkwa to give them an in-depth understanding of the mine’s operations.
The programme which is the first of its kind would be held every quarterly.
Speaking at the function, Superintendent in charge of communication and stakeholder engagement, Mr Senyo Mensah Buake explained that because journalists played a vital role in society building, AAI Gold Mine decided to hold the programme for them in their operational area to be abreast with the mine’s values, vision, mission, communications structure and also enhance their reportage.
He said although mining had travelled far, some media persons still saw it as negative and harmful in the society, hence the programme to educate them.
Mr Buake said AAI Gold Mine had subscribed to protocols and lots of things that regulated the mining business and so were mining responsively.
He was hopeful that through the programme, the undesirable perception of the media towards mining activities would be gradually lowered on the scale of balance between the economic contributions to the Gross Domestic Product and creation of employment for Ghanaians to the detrimental effects of environmental pollution and land degradation.
Mr Buake emphasised that mining could be done safely and in a legally accountable manner to the benefit of humanity adding that AAI Gold Mine would encourage media visits and interview request from the local, regional and national media houses.
Mr Buake pointed out that as a responsible corporate citizen, they would continue to interact frequently and freely with the media.
Touching on the company, the Superintendent of communication and stakeholder engagement said AngloGold Ashanti operated in ten countries and it’s the third world’s largest gold producer and intended to be a leading mining company in the future.
He said their mission was to create value for their stakeholders, employees and their business and social partners through safe and responsible exploring, mining and marketing of their products.
AAI Gold Mine’s primary focus is gold, but Mr. Buake said they would pursue value creating opportunities in other minerals, where they could leverage their existing assets and experience to augment the delivery of value.
He said safety is their first value and they were accountable for their actions and undertake to deliver on their commitment.
He noted the company was working collectively and responsibly to build and maintain a safe and healthy work environment, free of injury and illness and contributed to the sustainable development of their communities.