Although there’s room to enhance in points of the lithium agreement that the federal government has signed such because the fiscal phrases, Ghanaians should acknowledge that the nation is in a aggressive world atmosphere in search of investments, be they native or overseas, an economist, Dr Theo Acheampong, has mentioned.
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He defined that any challenge that has mixed fiscal take over 50% successfully nationalizes that business.
“We can’t always have our cake. The major focus ought to be on how we can get a lithium refinery established in Ghana to add value. That’s the realm of industrial and trade policies,” he wrote on his X platform.
He added that “Ghana’s lithium agreement with Atlantic Lithium for the Ewoyaa discovery is an improvement over other mining sector leases we’ve signed in the Fourth Republic,”
“If we want our cake, let’s be serious and invest in the sector,” Dr Acheam careworn.
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The Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, Samuel Abu Jinapor, has continued his staunch and relentless protection of the Ghana-Barari DV lithium agreement, revealing the important thing parts of the deal that makes it unprecedented, Ghanaian-centered and an enchancment from earlier agreements.
Speaking at a discussion board organized by some Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) on the settlement on Friday, December 15, Mr. Jinapor took time to reveal key particulars in regards to the deal, dispelling the false narratives, demystifying the myths round it and curing the political mischief which have generated following the deal.
He forcefully superior the perspective that within the historical past of the nation, by no means has any authorities signed a extra worthwhile deal which has the curiosity of Ghanaians at its core.
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The Minister defined the assorted clauses inside the settlement, asserting his conviction that they signify a departure from the traditionally exploitative colonial strategy to Ghana’s mineral sources.
The Lands Minister talked about the itemizing of Bavari DV on the Ghana Stock Exchange which permits for potential Ghanaian funding by the buying of shares, the duty for native participation and the worth addition clauses as key parts of the deal that opposite to some assumptions, ensures that Ghanaian pursuits reign supreme within the exploitation of the lithium ore.
“This is the primary time that by law, we have now made provisions that this firm must record on the Ghanaian Stock Exchange. They are additionally required to have a minimal of 30% Ghanaian participation. We have already got 19% so we have now 11% and it could possibly be extra. This association is the primary issue which in my thoughts jettisons the colonial time period of mining.
“The second one is value addition. We’ve always had export of raw materials but this is the first time we have signed a mining lease with clauses which states that they will have to retain a significant proportion of the value chain by establishing a technical plant and refinery here in Ghana. It has never happened before,” he mentioned.
Armed with credible and related data from different nations, Mr Jinapor maintained that the lease settlement is the perfect the nation might have negotiated.
“Australia accounts for 52% of global lithium production. Chile account for 25%. Zimbabwe is the largest lithium producing country in Africa and their grades are better than ours but when it comes to royalties, Australia pegs its at 5%, Mali pegs its 6% and Zimbabwe at 5%. The Ghana government has negotiated a 10% benefit which is twice Zimbabwe and Australia and 4% more than Mali,” he mentioned.
He additionally refuted accusations that the deal has been shrouded in secrecy, explaining the transparency has been the hallmark of this deal and that the signing ceremony with an lively media presence is sufficient indication of the dedication by the federal government to the tenets of transparency and accountability.
Whiles welcoming criticism and suggestions from the general public, the Lands Minister urged critics to suggest various and higher offers as an alternative of outlandishly rubbishing the one signed by his outfit.
He assured Ghanaians that the federal government will proceed to pursue methods, insurance policies and commitments that serve and defend the perfect curiosity of the nation.
The Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources, in October, signed the first-ever Lithium Lease Agreement with Lithium Atlantic, an Australian mining agency, for mining of the mineral at Ewoyaa within the Central Region.
Meanwhile, talking on Joy FM earlier on Friday, December 15, the Lands Minister used the platform to dismiss claims by a bit of the general public that the entire deal is being rushed, stressing that “government did not rush in signing Atlantic Lithium agreement”.