The Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, Mr Samuel Abu Jinapor, has expressed optimism that Cardinal Namdini Mining Ltd in the Upper East Region will make Ghana maintain its position as the leading producer of gold in Africa.
He believed the company’s operations would increase economic activities in the northern part of the country.
He said the company needed to start operations as quickly as possible.
He, therefore, appealed to the management of the mother company in China, the Shandong Gold Group, to give its Ghana team the necessary support it needed to deliver on its promise.
Mr Jinapor said this on Wednesday when he called on the leadership of the Shandong Gold Group while in China to participate in the 25th China Mining Conference and Exhibition in Tianjin from the 26th to 28th of October, 2023.
The Cardinal Namdini project, which is currently in the construction stage, is projected to produce 1.1 million ounces of gold in the first three years of operations.
The General Manager of Shandong Gold Group, Mr Hang Li, said the company was committed to ensuring that it poured its first gold at Talensi in the Upper East Region by the end of 2024, adding that the project was very important.
He said the company was committed to replicating its green mining practices in Ghana to make it a model mining company for the rest of Africa.
Mr Hang Li also disclosed that the company has plans to construct an airport in Bolgatanga to ease transportation to and fro the region.
He said discussions are already underway with all the relevant stakeholders to streamline the project.
Bala Ali, ISD