Tag: Gold


Ghana – Jungle Gold

Gold Rich Land, Dirt Poor People

 

I was up pretty early this morning. Annoying, considering I am on leave and should be getting maximum sleep. Failing to get back to sleep, I reached under the pillow for my phone and went through my daily morning routine of checking my facebook, twitter, whatsapp ad email accounts. It seemed like I was the only one up at stupid o’clock. I laid in the darkness for a bit fiddling with my phone. Then I remembered someone mentioned a Discovery Channel documentary about illegal mining in Ghana the other day. So I ended up on YouTube.

My immediate reactions minutes into the documentary were the usual fury whenever I see something embarrassing on Ghana. But as it went on, it became apparent how overly scripted this documentary is. Many of the scenes have obviously been staged for dramatic effects. It felt like something copied from a re-enactment scene in Crime Watch. Their stay in the “jungle” would not have been complete without the shots of the leech conveniently lodged on the ankle of one of the crew members and a cameo appearance by the highly poisonous green mamba. Funny how there were no mozzies in the “jungle”, with all the pools of murky water these clowns created with their illegal mining. And the subtle play on the old colonial hierarchical system. At the top is the greedy white explorer/exploiter, then the Indian middleman operating the excavator and at the bottom, my people!

 

Many scenes in this documentary may have been scripted, but we cannot ignore the message in there. That a section of Ghanaians can be so poor whilst the land they live on abounds in gold is a shame on every Ghanaian. That two debts-ridden yanks can come into a village in Ghana, have a hearing with the CHIEF and his ELDERS and have little school children take the day off school to perform at the gathering is just unbelievable. Surprising how this issue of illegal mining was not a major debate topic during the election period. I guess this is just an indication of how much these politicians care about the people.

For those two greedy yanks, it was a win/win situation whatever the outcome. If they find the gold, they make money and if they did not find the gold, they would still make money from the screening of the documentary. But for us, all we get from this as a nation is bad press and death traps.

By Maclean Arthur

The Future of Ghana – Economy

The future of Ghana’s Economy…

 

This month is all about the future of Ghana on the Me firi Ghana blog. Thus I have decided to kick this off by looking at a factor which is key to any country’s future prospects. I of course speak of the economy.

The economy of Ghana, has a diverse and rich resource base, and as such, has one of the highest GDP (gross domestic product) per capita in Africa. For those unfamiliar with the term, GDP is the total market value of all final goods and services produced in a country in a given year, equal to total consumer, investment and government spending, plus the value of exports, minus the value of imports.

Ghana remains somewhat dependent on international financial and technical assistance as well as the activities of the Ghanaian Diaspora. Gold, timber, cocoa, diamond, bauxite, and manganese exports are major sources of foreign exchange.

2012 has been a tough year for Ghanaians with the implementation of austerity measures and the rising cost of petrol hitting the pockets of Ghanaians.

However the outlook for the rest of the year and the future remains positive with projected GDP growth of 8.3 % (7.6% non-oil) and 7.7 % (6.3 % non-oil) this year and 2013 respectively. What is not so good is youth unemployment .At the moment the population in the 15-24 age group has an unemployment rate of 25.6 %, twice that of the 25-44 age group and three times that of the 45-64 age group. So it is clear that this is an issue that needs to be addressed in the coming years.

An area of industry that has driven the Ghanaian economy though, is telecommunications.  The development of the telecommunication industry in the country is one typical area among others that has flourished because of a stable working environment in Ghana. These telecommunication industries have employed the majority of youth in the country, thereby bringing job opportunities to many. If Ghana continues to nurture and protect a conducive and peaceful working environment, then we should expect more investors coming into the country to boost our economic fortunes in the future.

What are your views on the current state of the Ghanaian economy and what do you think is necessary to ensure it continues to grow in the future?

Ben JK Anim-Antwi (Kwesi)

The Land of Gold…

 GOLDEN GHANA

As many know GHANA is known for GOLD,

We are a GOLD Producing Country.

GHANA has a wide spread of Gold Mining locations across its Regions.

 with this fact noted and acknowledged,

I believe our Homeland is…..

PURELY BLESSED

Our GHANA is ROOTED and Enriched

With an abundance of GOLD,

How Beautiful.

 

But how is GOLD formed within our LANDS?

Well, Gold forms within the underground vents of volcanoes.

The super-hot gases rising from deep beneath the Earth flows through natural ‘pipes’, carrying elements within them.

These mineral elements condense on the walls usually in conjunction with quartz (silicon dioxide), and remain there until either the volcanoes are eroded over millions of years or miners go deep underground to find them.

I believe this is an advantage already for GHANA’s Tourist industry which would attract others to the country.

Our GOLD makes GHANA,

What it is today,

This is why we were formerly called

‘The Gold Coast’.

MeFiRi GHANA would like to say

“Our GHANA is Blessed with GOLD,

May our GOLD continue to shine in prosperity and wealth, and

May our GHANA continue to Stay Blessed.

If Your Heading to GHANA anytime this year, try visiting some of our GOLD Mines and see our GOLD freshly for eyes only.

By Trey’C