The Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, Samuel A. Jinapor, is leading a delegation of government officials and individuals from the private sector to attend the 25th China Mining Conference and Exhibition, to be held in Tianjin, China, from October 26 to 28, 2023.
Since its inception in 1999, the conference has become one of the foremost and most influential mining forums across the globe. It brings together governments, investors, and other industry players to discuss and share ideas on the latest developments in the mining sector.
This year, the conference is being held under the theme “Innovation Promotes High-Quality Development in Mining.” More than 10,000 delegates and 400 exhibitors are expected to attend.
Ahead of the conference, on Tuesday, October 24, 2023, the minister will meet with selected mining investors to pitch Ghana’s mining industry as an attractive investment destination.
He will also visit the operational sites and meet with the senior leadership of some of the Chinese mining companies with interests in Ghana, including the Shandong Gold Group, operators of the Cardinal Namdini Project; Chifeng Jilong, owners of Golden Star Resources; and Tianyuan Manganese Industry Group, operators of Ghana Manganese Ltd.
On Thursday, the Minister will join the Chinese Minister for Natural Resources, Wang Guang Hua, and the Chairman of the China Mining Association, organizers of the conference, for the formal opening of the conference. He will also participate in a Minister-to-Minister Forum, where he will speak on developments in the Ghanaian mining industry, especially as it relates to green minerals.
At the Country Promotion Session on Friday, the Minister will speak on the theme, “Leveraging Over a Century of Mining to Enhance Value Addition for the Development of Ghana.” He will make a case for increased investment in the value chain of the mining industry in Ghana, particularly value addition.
This is the first time the conference is being held fully in person since the pandemic, and Ghana is taking advantage of it to promote its mining industry to support the country’s recovery.
Other members of the delegation include the Board Chairperson and the Chief Executive Officer of the Minerals Commission, the Chief Executive Officer of the Minerals Income Investment Fund (MIIF), and members of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Mines and Energy.