The President has revealed that although the United Arab Emirates (UAE) recorded $7 billion worth of gold imports from Ghana, official records (in Ghana) reports only $2 billion in exports of the precious metal to the Gulf country.
Nana Akufo-Addo made the startling revelation on Wednesday, January 17, 2018, during a media encounter to mark one year of his administration.
The President, however, did not state how he will trace the $5 billion missing from the country’s books.
The President was answering a question on the clampdown on illegal mining, the ban on small-scale mining, and how he hopes to tackle critical issues in Ghana’s extractive sector.
“I believe that the fight against galamsey is by no means won. We still have a long way to go… I am saying this because, at the same time, some of the outcomes of the galamsey menace in our country are not sufficiently addressed or articulated,” he acknowledged.
He adds: “Apart from the harm that this activity [illegal small-scale mining] is doing to our country, much of the value that our nation should derive from these activities are also being criminally disposed of.”
On when the ban on small-scale mining – which came into force in April last year – said a Cabinet meeting has been scheduled to discuss the issue.
“So a decision will not be ready until after that meeting of Cabinet next week,” he said.
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