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Ghana reclaims position as Africa’s top gold producer

22 june 2023

Ghana has reclaimed its status as Africa's top gold producer, replacing South Africa following a dramatic drop in output last year, according to local media.

The Ghanaian Times quoted the West African country’s minister of lands and natural resources, Samuel Abu Jinapor, as saying that gold production from the largest mining firms climbed from 2.2 million ounces in 2012 to 3.08 million ounces in 2022.

Output from the smaller-scale industry increased from 98,001oz to 655,656oz over the last decade, he said.

Ghana’s total gold output in 2022 was 3.74 million ounces, up from 2.82 million ounces the previous year.

Jinapor attributed the rise in output to policies and plans put in place by the government and the Ghana Chamber of Mines.

He said the rebirth of mining firms AngloGold, Ashanti Obuasi Mine, and Bibiani Mine as a result of President Akufo-Addo's involvement also contributed to the increased output.

“[The] government is grateful to the Ghana Chamber of Mines for their collaboration and partnership in achieving this feat,” said Jinapor.

“[The] government, through the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources, will continue to work with the Chamber, and all stakeholder­s in the spirit of transparency, integrity, and utmost good faith, to ensure optimal benefits from our mineral resources, particularly through value addition.”

Mathew Nyaungwa, Editor in Chief of the African Bureau, Rough&Polished