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Who we are?

The Minerals Commission is the government agency, responsible for the regulation and management of the utilization of the mineral resources of Ghana and the co-ordination of the policies in relation to them. It was established under the Minerals Commission Act, 1993 (Act 450) as required by Article 269(1) of the Constitution.

Which government body grants mineral rights in Ghana?

The Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources represented by the Minister grants all mineral rights on behalf of the President and on the recommendation of the Minerals Commission in accordance with the Minerals and Mining Act, 2006 (ACT 703).

What powers does the Commission have?

The Commission has been granted the powers under section 100 of the Minerals and Mining Act 2006, (Act 703) to enforce the provisions of Act under the direction of the Minister in ensuring the proper and effective implementation of the provisions of the Act and its regulations thereof.

What is the Legal Framework Governing the Mining Sector in Ghana?

1992 Constitution Minerals Commission Act, 1993 (Act 450) Minerals and Mining Policy of GhanaMinerals and Mining Act, 2006 (Act 703) Minerals and Mining (Amendment) Act, 2015 (Act 703).Minerals and Mining Regulations Minerals & Mining (General) Regulations, LI2173 Minerals & Mining (Support Services), Regulations, LI2174 Minerals & Mining (Compensation & Resettlement), Regulations, LI 2175 Minerals & Mining (Licensing) Regulations, LI2176 Minerals & Mining (Explosives), Regulations, LI2177 Minerals & Mining (Health And Safety) Regulations, LI 2182

What is the Procedure for the Acquisition of Mineral Rights in Ghana?

General Requirements Identify mineral to apply for, e.g. gold, diamond, limestone, phosphate, etc. Identify type of mineral right to apply for, e.g. Recognizance Licence, Prospecting Licence, Mining Lease, Small Scale Licence, Industrial Minerals Licence (Restricted Mining Lease). Identify area of interest Conduct and obtain official search report (Mincom) Apply for licence

What is the qualification for a small scale mining license?

A license for small-scale mining operation (Act 703, Section 83) shall not be granted to a person unless that person is a citizen of Ghana, has attained the age of eighteen years

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