On Friday 20th May 2022, the second secretary to the Australian High Commission to Ghana Hannah Crothers on behalf of the High Commissioner His Excellency Gregory Andrews paid a courtesy call to Tarkwa Nsuaem Municipal Assembly.
The visit was initiated by the Member of Parliament for Tarkwa-Nsuaem Constituency, Hon. George Mireku Duker establish a partnership between the Municipality and the Australian Government for a mutual benefits in the area of business, education, cultural, etc. The partnership is dubbed Sister Cities.
In a speech delivered by Mrs. Crothers, she said Ghana’s Gold extractive industry has matured over the decades, and she applauded government’s measures to develop local capacity.
She entreated stakeholders in the sector to ensure that mining royalties meets the development aspirations of the mining communities.
According to her, the commission is “proud to work hand-in-hand with Ghana while it develops the right structures and systems to ensure mining revenues lead to economic development and deliver improvements in the living stands of local people”.
Vice Chancellor for University of Mines and Technology (UMaT), Prof. Richard Amankwah in his speech said the university is ready for the Sister Cities engagement with the Australians.
The Municipal Chief Executive, Hon. Benjamin Kessie explained the purpose of the visit and emphasized that the benefit is in line with the Municipality’s vision of improving the quality of life and wellbeing of its citizenry together with their stakeholders.
Member of Parliament for Tarkwa-Nsuaem and deputy Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, Hon. George Mireku Duker in his speech said Australia has shared its world-leading mining expertise with Ghana through a range of capacity building initiatives such as scholarships and study tours.
He also revealed that Australia has supported the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources in its fight against illegal mining through several joints initiatives