Apeatua Addo, GNA
Tarkwa (W/R), Sept. 26, GNA – The third
edition of the Tarkwa branch of Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy
(AusIMM) conference was successful held at the weekend at the University of
Mines and Technology (UMaT) in Tarkwa.
More than 400 participates attended this
year’s conference, which was on the theme” Value addition in the
extractive industry and supply chain integration towards economic growth”.
The conference also touched on the extractive
industry value addition, national suppliers development programme in mining:
catalyzing industry development in Ghana, perspective on local content and
value addition in the extractive sector and unlocking Ghana’s upstream and
downstream petroleum potential.
A mentor of AusIMM, who doubles as the
Commercial and Technical Advisor, Mineral Development, Oman, Mr Henry
Antwi, who gave an over view of the
AusIMM, said it was founded in 1893 and provides services to professionals
engaged in all facets of the global resources sector.
“With a focus on providing leadership and
opportunities to resource industry professionals, the AusIMM delivers an
ongoing programme of professional development services to ensure their members
are supported throughout their careers, enabling them to provide high-quality
professional input to industry and the community,” he stated.
He said AusIMM represented 13, 000 members
drawn from all sections of the industry and assisted by a network of branches
and societies in Australasia and internationally.
According to him, the Tarkwa chapter of AusIMM
was formed in 2015 and have since instituted the annual conference to bring
together industry expects, stakeholders in the mining sector, policy makers,
academia and students.
He asserted that, the theme for this year was
chosen because of government’s initiatives on minerals base value addition,
especially from bauxite to alumina and the national Suppliers Development
Programme (SDP) to scale up domestic supplies capacity, capabilities and
competitiveness which are critical conditions for reversing the trend of the
industrialization and for Strengthening linkage between mineral sector and
other economic activities.
Dr. Peter Amponsah-Mensah, Director of Pamicor
Limited, said students at the conference would be given training on how to be
servant leaders to enable them take better decisions for the country in future.
He added that “once you become a servant
leader you are prepared to work to protect the values of the country or
In addition to professional development, Dr
Amponsah-Mensah explained that the students would receive the benefit of supply
chain in the whole process of mining.
He said people have the perception that
“mining was just going down and digging”.
The mining industry is a game changer and
unless we put firm strategies in place we can never achieve what we want,”
Dr. Amponsah-Mensah stressed.