Ghana Ramps up Efforts to Promote Gender Diversity in West Africa’s Mining Industry

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Ghana’s mining industry stakeholders are working to promote gender diversity within the sector in a bid to grow revenues and create employment opportunities for thousands of people across West Africa.

Speaking at one of a series of global events dubbed ‘Mining Investment West Africa’ held mid this month, Georgette Barnes Sakyi-Addo, President of Women In Mining Ghana, said that efforts to promote gender diversity in mining are underway.

Women in Mining Ghana is an organisation that supports women’s advancement in the extractives sector through advocacy, training, mentoring and networking at all levels of engagement.

The organisation aspires to be a leading network that promotes the advancement of women in the natural resources sector for their economic empowerment.

Mining Investment events are global forums for miners, investors and service providers that focus on gender diversity and technology, among other issues affecting the industry.

At the event, it emerged that Mining Investment West Africa will focus on sustainable mining.

The event also sought to highlight small scale and illegal mining, which experts said need to be regulated and monitored in order for the sector to grow.

At the event, Emmanuel from Asanko Gold Mine Ghana called for enhanced safety in the region’s mining sector. Also at the forum, Dr Isaac Bonsu Karikari from Ghana’s Ministry of Land and Natural Resources stated that Ghana’s government had established a mining policy with a focus on gold and other precious metals.

The affair was sponsored by Leapfrog 3D,  a geological software company that shared their geological modelling software via Felix Walraven, the firm’s Regional Director for Africa.

Prior to participating in the recent Ghana edition of the forum, Georgette Barnes Sakyi-Addo has been consistently founded and managed startups and small and medium business entities in the mining sector.

In 2004, she became Founding Managing Director of Corstor Ghana Limited, a mining supplies firm headquartered in Johannesburg.

Under Georgette’s direction and leadership, the mine support business caught the attention of an industry giant which acquired the Corstor group including it’s Ghana branch.

She also represented mining company, Westernex in Ghana and the West Africa sub region as non-executive director.

She has also established her own locally-owned drilling and mining supplies company, Georgette Barnes Ltd, representing known sector brands such as Australian Mud Company, Breithaupt, RIDGID and Westernex.

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