Ghanaian government to receive 20% equity share for locally refined gold

Bars of gold [Image: courtesy]
Ghana will receive a 20% free equity share for gold refined locally when Royal Gold Ghana Limited begins operation this year.

Currently, all the gold is produced by mining companies in the country and is refined outside, therefore the government gains nothing from gold refined abroad.

In that vein, the government entered into a public-private partnership with an Indian company, Ronsy Royal Limited, to refine Gold in Ghana.

The agreement states that the government of Ghana will receive a 20% equity share in the gold refined by the Indian company locally, while the Indian investor who built the refinery gets 80%.

“In the cost of refining gold locally which will gain 20% free equity share but the gold belonged to the mining companies.

“In fact, we do not gain anything when the gold is refined outside, and so as part of efforts to providing refining solution, the government of Ghana entered into an agreement with the Indian investor to build a refinery here. It also formed part of government’s policy to at least refine 30% of all gold produced in Ghana,” he added.

Mr Wisdom Gomashie, a personal Assistant to the Deputy Minister of Lands and Natural resources, stated that the Indian investor invested an estimated amount of $25million in constructing the gold refinery, which is located at the Diamond Houses on the premises of the Precious Minerals Marketing Company in Accra.

Gomashie explained that the Indian Investor would also pay corporate taxes to the government and employ Ghanaians and later the percentage of equity share between the parties would be 50%-50% after the investor has operated the refinery for some time.

The government through precious minerals marketing company entered a joint partnership with Ronsy Royal Limited, an Indian company, to establish a gold refinery that has vested state equity