The focus group discussion took place on October 25 and was organized by the African Center for Economic Transformation (ACET). The meeting attracted natural resources experts from the University of Cape Coast, the Minerals Commission and the Ghana Chamber of Mines.
The discussion session led by ACET’s Research Director, Prof. Joe Amoako Tuffuor, touched on four key areas, manpower development and skills training along the mining value chain, collaboration among key institutions in the mining industry, human capital development within the ECOWAS sub-region, and a roadmap for moving emerging issues forward.
Participants saw the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), University of Ghana and the University of Mines and Technology (UMaT) as key institutions responsible for training manpower for the mining industry. But they lamented that the country is faced with the challenge of developing skills sets in technical and vocational training. The Council for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (COTVET) was charged to co-ordinate and oversee all aspects of technical and vocational education and training in the country. Mining companies were advised to train employees in various programmes to take up managerial roles in the mining industry.
Participants also called for collaboration between government and industry to regulate the activities of mining industries in the country. Coupled with this was the need for Ghana to develop a strategic mining vision that highlighted human development and post-mining activities to have a comparative advantage in the ECOWAS sub-region. There were also calls for a relevant institution or stakeholders to champion the country’s mining vision. A follow-up meeting among researchers is scheduled to take place soon.