Most top positions in the mining sector are now being occupied by Ghanaians, President of the Ghana Chamber of Mines, Eric Asubonteng, has said.
He noted that out of the total number of direct mine employees, only 1.2 per cent are expatriates while the overwhelming majority remain Ghanaian nationals.
“Let me state emphatically that gone are the days when expatriates occupied all the key management roles on mine sites. Today, highly skilled Ghanaian mining professionals are occupying key positions at all levels of our industry, much to the satisfaction of our now actively discerning investors and stakeholders.”
“Interestingly, Ghanaian mining professionals are in high demand on the global market, as many of our colleagues have taken up management roles as expatriates, in both developed and emerging mining destinations across the globe,” he added.
The mining sector employed 1,790 more people in 2019 increasing the total workforce engaged directly by mining companies to 11,899 compared to 10,109 in 2018, according to the 2019 Annual report of the Chamber of Mines released today, Friday, 29 May 2020.