Ghana has done well at opening up the country for international players. The best way to achieve balance is through long term partnerships. The Ghana Investment and Promotion Centre headed by Yofi Grant is doing a good job at opening the door for investors, while also encouraging partnerships with local players. Our government’s focus on a beyond aid agenda can only work if we find great ways to partner with good international players.
Ghana has an opportunity to leapfrog major salt producers. We have vast salt deposits that can be exploited and an opportunity to add value for export. The promise of a borderless trade structure in Africa through the AfCFTA agreement will help open up markets and increase production.
I certainly believe Africa can rise to the occasion and do right by its people in terms of technology. We, however, have to go slow on technologies like artificial intelligence (AI). The sheer number of unemployed people here means that we are not ready for robots to replace human labor. AI can work in some sectors like agriculture, but I don’t think we are ready for an AI dominated workplace.
The presence of Australian mining companies on the African continent has steadily grown over the past two decades. What will be the future path of Australian companies and the Australian government in Africa? As part of our Future of Mining series AfricaLive talks with Bill Witham of the Australia-Africa Minerals & Energy Group about the role we can expect to see Australian companies play in the future development of the sector.
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