Barari lithium settlement not in the most effective curiosity of Ghana – NDC
The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has supported assertions that the federal government’s lithium mining settlement with Barari DV shouldn’t be in the most effective curiosity of the nation.
Pressure has been mounting on the federal government to rethink the lithium deal following studies that Ghana is being short-changed. Concerns relating to the potential exploitation of Ghana’s assets and inadequate advantages for the nation have fueled public debate and calls for for transparency and equity.
Key stakeholders, together with the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) and former Chief Justice Sophia Akufo, have criticized the contract as colonial and Guggisberg-type, respectively.
The $250-million mission, situated in Ewoyaa, Mfantseman Municipality within the Central Region, is ready to start manufacturing by 2025.
- Advertisement -
The deal features a 10% royalty and 13% free carried curiosity within the state, surpassing the present 5% and 10%, respectively, for different mining agreements.
In an announcement signed and issued by the National Communications Officer of the get together, Sammy Gyamfi on Wednesday, the NDC pressured that having adopted keenly the discussions on the settlement and meticulously scrutinising the phrases of the settlement, “the NDC has come to the conclusion that the Ghana-Barari Lithium agreement is not in the best interest of Ghana.”
The get together defined that amongst different issues, the requirement within the mining lease settlement for the institution of a chemical plant to course of Ghana’s lithium regionally was very weak.
- Advertisement -
“Secondly, there are no specific provisions in the mining lease that emphasize Ghana’s control over the lithium mining value chain and the benefits thereof…On the claim by the government, that Barari DV will be paying a corporate tax of 35% under the deal, it is important for the government to clarify the status of the company and provide the full facts relative to concessions that have been granted to the company,” it said.
Meanwhile, a member of the Council of State, Sam Okudzeto has joined requires the federal government to rethink its lithium cope with Barari BV.
Sam Okudzato stated the present deal was not the most effective for the nation.
Speaking at an IEA roundtable dialogue, Sam Okudzato stated the federal government should hearken to the lots.
“This lithium agreement is not in the best interest of Ghana. That’s my view. And if you all agree with me, let’s all make a statement in support of the IEA to say that we do not think that this agreement is in the interest of Ghana and that we have to relook this matter. I don’t want to condemn the MPs, but we will caution them and advise them to do what is right and what is in the interest of Ghana,” he added.
READ THE FULL STATEMENT FROM THE NDC HERE
For Immediate Release
thirteenth December, 2023
NDC’S POSITION ON THE GHANA-BARARI DV LITHIUM DEAL
The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has keenly adopted public discussions on the controversial Mining Lease Agreement executed between the Government of Ghana and Barari DV Ghana Limited, for the exploitation of Lithium and different related minerals within the Ewoyaa neighborhood of the Mfantseman Municipality of Ghana.
After a meticulous scrutiny of the phrases of the Mining Lease Agreement, the NDC has come to the conclusion that the Ghana-Barari Lithium settlement shouldn’t be in the most effective curiosity of Ghana.
1. It is an undeniable fact, that mining hasn’t benefited us as a nation through the years. Hence, there’s the necessity for an pressing evaluation of the nation’s present mining legal guidelines and insurance policies, notably in relation to inexperienced minerals.
2. This is why the flag-bearer of the NDC, H.E John Dramani Mahama has promised to evaluation the legal guidelines that govern the extractive business, to ensure that the nation to maximise her share and native participation within the exploitation of our pure assets.
3. The NDC holds the view, that the inexperienced minerals of the nation, shouldn’t be exploited based mostly on the present mining legal guidelines and insurance policies, that are predominantly tailor-made for gold mining and haven’t benefited the nation through the years.
4. We are of the agency opinion, that it’s about time the present colonial mannequin of mining lease concession agreements, was reviewed. New fashions for the exploitation of our mineral assets resembling Joint Ventures and Service Agreements, that present for equitable profit sharing, enhanced native participation and worth addition, needs to be thought of as a part of the evaluation of the legal guidelines and insurance policies governing our extractive sector.
5. Our beloved nation urgently wants a reviewed mining regime, that gives for the sustainable funding and strengthening of the Ghana Geological Survey Authority, to have interaction in reconnaissance and prospecting, notably in relation to inexperienced minerals. We imagine that this, if supported by the Minerals Income and Investment Fund (MIIF) beneath the appropriate coverage framework, will improve the bargaining energy of the state within the exploitation of our mineral assets.
6. It is for these causes, that the Akufo-Addo/Bawumia/NPP authorities ought to have extensively engaged all affected native communities, in addition to key stakeholders together with CSOs within the extractive sector, earlier than executing the Barari-Lithium settlement. Sadly, there was little or no engagement by authorities with the affected native communities and key stakeholders within the processes resulting in the execution of the controversial lithium deal. The NDC believes that, all stakeholders within the extractive sector will need to have a say within the type of regulation and mannequin, beneath which our lithium and different inexperienced minerals needs to be exploited for the utmost advantage of the State.
7. Aside the basic points enumerated above, there are specific germane points concerning the phrases of the Ghana-Barari DV lease settlement which might be value highlighting:
I) First and foremost, the requirement within the mining lease settlement for the institution of a chemical plant to course of our lithium regionally, may be very weak to say the least.
* We be aware with concern, that beneath Schedule Two (2) of the lease settlement, the institution of a neighborhood chemical plant by the corporate shouldn’t be necessary, however contingent on the conduct of a scoping examine to find out the financial viability of the processing of lithium in Ghana.
* Even extra worrying, is the truth that, paragraphs 1(b)(c) and (d) of schedule two (2) of the lease settlement, envisages the lack of the corporate (Barari DV) to satisfy this requirement. This makes nonsense of the declare by authorities that no uncooked lithium shall be exported from Ghana beneath the settlement.
II) Secondly, there are not any particular provisions within the mining lease that emphasize Ghana’s management over the lithium mining worth chain and the advantages thereof.
* In the extractive sector, the flexibility of a rustic to optimize good points from the worth chain is the surest means of domesticating advantages.
* The NDC needs a deal that gives a transparent and unambiguous technique for maximizing the advantages of lithium mining by means of worth chain participation. There is due to this fact the necessity for necessary necessities for the native processing of uncooked lithium earlier than it’s exported in another country and a 100% off-taker for the by-products thereof (i.e Feldspar, Silica, Kaolin and so forth.) for native industries and manufacturing firms.
III) On the declare by authorities, that Barari DV shall be paying company tax of 35% beneath the deal, it will be significant for presidency to make clear the standing of the corporate and supply the complete information relative to concessions which have been granted the corporate.
*What the Mining Lease expressly supplies is that, Barari DV shall pay taxes in accordance with the mining legal guidelines of Ghana, with out extra.
* We are nevertheless advised that the Company is registered beneath the Ghana Free Zones Authority and is entitled to a 10-year tax vacation, when such tax concessions are ordinarily not granted to mining firms within the nation. This if true, will deprive the nation of company taxes through the first ten years of the Ewoyaa Lithium mission. This will successfully restrict Ghana’s share to the paltry 10% royalty and marginal advantages from our 13% carried curiosity and the 6% fairness held by the Minerals Income Investment Fund (MIIF).
* It is due to this fact crucial, for presidency to make clear the standing and tax obligation of Barari DV and its mother or father firm. Ghanaians need to know whether or not or not the corporate is a free zone firm and why a mining firm needs to be accorded free zone standing. Ghanaians need to know all of the concessions authorities is giving the corporate (Barari DV/Atlantic Lithium) for a holistic evaluation of the advantages of the deal.
* Beyond that, strict provisions on tax compliance and enforcement are required to make sure that the state shouldn’t be cheated by means of switch pricing and inventive accounting.
IV) It is necessary to make the purpose, that authorities’s boastful declare about securing a ten% Royalty beneath the deal, is a celebration of mediocrity.
* It is worthy of be aware, that the prevailing royalty fee of 5% was based mostly on part 25 of the Minerals and Mining Act, 2007 (ACT 703), which supplies for a royalty fee of not lower than 3% and less than 6%. This regulation was amended by the erstwhile NDC/Mahama authorities, way back to 2015 by ACT 900, which has made the Royalty fee open-ended and topic to negotiations.
* Also, the prevailing business royalty fee of 5% pertains to the nation’s conventional minerals resembling gold, bauxite and so forth. The Barari-Lithium settlement is the primary deal for the exploitation of a Green Mineral in Ghana. Therefore, evaluating the prevailing royalty fee of 5% to a ten% royalty fee for a Green Mineral like lithium, is an train in mediocrity.
* More importantly, we expect that authorities ought to have opted for a versatile vary of royalty fee, which takes under consideration windfall revenue of the corporate. This royalty association has been adopted by Chile, which at the moment has a royalty fee vary of 8% to 21% relying on sure variables. In related vein, the ten% royalty fee secured by authorities may have been the baseline fee, topic to upward adjustment in instances of windfall income or revenue by the corporate, if authorities had negotiated correctly.
V) Also, the requirement within the mining lease settlement for Barari DV or its mother or father firm, Atlantic Lithium, to record on the Ghana Stock Exchange, is problematic for a number of causes, together with the next;
? No particular timeframe has been offered within the mining lease settlement for such itemizing.
? Listing on the Ghana Stock Exchange (GSE) could not essentially profit Ghanaians as foreigners can make investments on the GSE and/or disguise behind Ghanaian fronts to purchase shares.
? Over the years, related preparations have largely benefited just a few wealthy and highly effective Ghanaians and never the odd Ghanaian.
? Ghana’s personal earlier expertise with the itemizing of Anglogold Ashanti shares on the Ghana Stock Exchange, the place Ghanaians who bought shares utterly misplaced out, ought to awaken us to the truth that, itemizing on the Ghana Stock Exchange can go mistaken.
Suggestions for the Minerals Income and Investment Fund (MIIF) to amass the stated 11% Equity within the Ghana operations of the Barari DV, for and on behalf of the individuals of Ghana, is due to this fact value contemplating.
VI) These information utterly belie the declare by authorities, that Ghanaian participation within the Ewoyaa Lithium mission shall be 30%. Beyond Ghana’s Free Carried Interest of 13% and the wholly insufficient 6% Equity acquired by MIIF, there are not any particular provisions within the lease settlement that present with certainty, a Ghanaian participation fee of 30% within the foreseeable future.
VII) Again, it’s attention-grabbing to notice, that beneath the shareholding construction of the corporate, there’s a 4.4% Equity within the title of “Previous Land Owners”. In the spirit of transparency, the NDC calls for a full disclosure of the identities of the Beneficial Owners of that 4.4% Equity and the way that was arrived at. Ghanaians need to know who these “previous land owners” are.
8. In the face of all these pertinent points, notably, the non-existence of a feasibility report and a compulsory requirement for the native processing of our lithium assets, the NDC is of the view, that the Ghana-Barari Lithium deal shouldn’t be in the most effective curiosity of Ghana. Thus, the ratification of the Mining Lease settlement executed by the Akufo-Addo/Bawumia NPP Government, mustn’t even come up at this stage. It is our thought of place, that Parliament mustn’t contemplate the ratification of the Lease Agreement till all these pertinent points are satisfactorily addressed in the most effective curiosity of Ghanaians.
SAMMY GYAMFI ESQ.
(NATIONAL COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER)
The publish Barari lithium agreement not in the best interest of Ghana – NDC appeared first on Citinewsroom – Comprehensive News in Ghana.
Advertise Here contact advertisements[@]ghheadlines.com