Ghana Energy

Chapter | Mining from The Report: Ghana 2022

Mining is a key component of Ghana’s national economy; the country is Africa’s largest gold producer. The Covid-19 pandemic highlighted the mineral’s prominent role, as gold is seen as a safe investment during uncertain times. While the mining sector faces challenges in terms of modernising practices, diversification efforts are forging ahead. Industrial minerals including bauxite and...

As Africa’s largest gold miner and the world’s second-largest cocoa producer, Ghana has witnessed steady growth in recent years. While the country was impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic, it navigated the crisis better than many of its income-level peers, in large part thanks to measures aimed at boosting public revenue. Ghana aims to improve its fiscal deficit in 2022 to 7.4% of GDP.

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Mining is a key component both of Ghana’s national economy and the global extraction industry. The country overtook South Africa as the continent’s largest gold producer in 2018 and has held the title since. The Covid-19 pandemic highlighted the mineral’s prominent role, as gold is seen as a safe investment during uncertain times. Although...

 

What challenges does the Ghanaian mining sector face when it comes to encouraging development and attracting investment?

 

Artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) is a major driver of the economy, directly employing an estimated 1m Ghanaians and supporting around 4.5m others. ASM – categorised by concessions of under 4000 sq metres – has accounted for around onethird of the country’s total gold output in recent years. “Almost all the jewellery worn in Ghana is...

 

With recent years seeing major expansion in both generation capacity and grid connectivity, Ghana is now close to achieving a UN Sustainable Development Goal: universal access to electricity. Additionally, it has good solar and wind resources, which can be harnessed to shift the energy mix towards more renewable energy. The country is also...

 

Which factors contribute to Ghana’s attractiveness for investment in oil and gas, and how have global developments impacted this space?

 

International oil and gas prices dropped dramatically in early 2020 when countries around the world, including Ghana, enacted measures to curb the spread of Covid-19. While reduced activity saw demand for fuel drop, this was not the case for all industries. “Contrary to consumer patterns during the pandemic, essential industries such as...

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