Government is expected to announce a new policy framework for regularising and reforming mining activities in Ghana by Friday, 14 December 2018.
The frameworks according to the Information Minister, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah does not necessarily mean the lifting of the 21 months ban on illegal small scale mining but a policy frame work to ensure that operators in the small scale mining industry operate within the confines of the new policy framework.
The announcement comes 21 months after a ban was imposed on illegal, irresponsible as well as small scale mining activities in the country.
Addressing the Sunday bi-weekly press briefings in Takoradi, the Minister for Information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah said: “It is our expectation that stakeholders and the general public will continue to cooperate with authorities even as this new phase is rolled out” he said.
Government, in 2017 suspended artisanal and small scale mining activities in the country to enable it come out with a comprehensive structure and regulation for sustainable mining, but the government is yet to normalize activities in the sector after its intervention.