Ghana has regained its position as Africa’s top gold producer and the 10th biggest producer globally with a 32 percent jump recorded in gold production in 2022, the Ghana Chamber of Mines said Friday.
The country has seen concurrent growth in the output of both large and small-scale sectors in 2022, said President of the Chamber Joshua Mortoti.
He added that the large-scale gold sub-sector recorded its highest output in the country’s history.
The government would continue to protect legitimate mining activities in the country from criminal activities, said Ben Aryee, special advisor to the Minister for Lands and Natural Resources.
“We will also continue to facilitate the formalisation of small-scale mining, along with the associated alternative livelihood programs to resolve the poverty and unemployment challenges in the country,” he said.
Africa is the third-largest gold-producing continent in the world and has gold mining activities in more than 21 of its countries.
Nigeria is also a gold producer with deposits found in Zamfara and Iperindo in Osun state.