Imani Innaugural Fellowship Lecture
IMANI Inaugural Fellowship Lecture featuring Dr. Frank Boateng on the topic “Demystifying the Illegal Mining Conundrum with Existing State Structures”
Introduction of Fellow- Kofi Bentil Esq., Snr. Vice-President, IMANI
Introductory remarks- Ing. Ken Ashigbey- Convener Media Coalition Against Galamsey
Date: Wednesday, April 21, 2021
Time: 3pm- 5pm
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The term “galamsey” has been used for both unregulated artisanal and small miners operating illegally. The President in his First Term placed a temporal ban on all small-scale mining activities and set up an Inter-Ministerial Committee on Illegal Mining (IMCIM) to ensure coherence in the activities of agencies involved in the fight against the illicit trade. In July 2017, the government commissioned an anti-galamsey task force made up of a 400-member strong military and associated security agency called Operation Vanguard. In his State of the National Address delivered on 9th March 2021, he called for a national dialogue in addressing the galamsey situation.
However, it is difficult to have a clear picture of informal and formal artisanal and/or small-scale miners in Ghana reading reports and media articles. Nationally, galamsey represents huge sums in lost revenue and exports. In 2016, the Ghanaian government lost an estimated $2.3 billion in fiscal revenues through illegal mining. In the Western region alone, recovering lands and waterbodies destroyed by galamsey would cost the country an estimated US$250 million.
The sector Minister, Hon. Samuel Abu Jinapor on assumption of office met all Regional Ministers in a consultative meeting on mining to help find a lasting solution to the problem.
Artisanal mining remains widespread and represents more than 30% of Ghana’s gold output. It currently engages estimated 60% of the country’s total mining labour force and supports millions of livelihoods.
So, we know the potential of a properly regularised small-scaled mining sector, and we know the challenges we need to confront to optimise opportunities. Who and what then is standing in the way? To help answer this question, IMANI invites you to a public lecture on “demystifying the illegal mining conundrum with existing state structures”. This lecture is an inaugural one in fulfilment of a fellowship with IMANI. The lecture will be delivered by Dr. Frank Boateng.
Profile of Speaker
Dr. Frank Boateng is a Chartered Accountant, Certified in Qualitative Risk Management, a Chartered Manager and Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute in the UK. He is a Chartered Professional Administrator and Chartered Management Consultant with the Chartered Institute of Administrators and Management Consultants of Ghana. He is a Member of the Institute of Directors Ghana. Dr. Boateng holds a Ph.D. in Management from Walden University in Minneapolis, Minnesota USA and a Master of Philosophy in Business Consulting and Enterprise Risk Management from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Ghana, an MBA in Finance from the University of Leicester Business School in Leicester, UK and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with Accounting option from Central University Business School in Ghana.
Dr. Boateng has over twenty years’ experience in the Extractive Industry and has worked for Goldfields Ghana Ltd, Newmont Goldcorp, Kinross Gold Mines, and Adamus Resources Ltd. He occupied positions from Assistant Accountant, Senior Mine Accountant, Accounts Payables Manager, Senior Business Analyst, Financial Controller, Finance & Administration Manager, Commercial Manager and Country Managing Director. He serves as advisor and board member to boards in Ghana and United States of America.
Currently, Dr. Boateng is a Co-Founder and Board Chairman of Faith Montessori and Child Development Centre (vibrant multi-cultural educational establishment in Tarkwa). He is a Faculty Member of the Faculty of Integrated Management Science and Acting Head of the Management Studies Department of University of Mines and Technology, Tarkwa. He is a Council Member of Institute of Directors Ghana, Vice Board Chairman and Non-Executive Director of Ankobra West Rural Bank Ltd.
Date:April 21 2021
Time:3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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