Dig for gold in Ghana at your own risk, Chinese miners warned after arrests

Normal Information of Tuesday, 23 April 2019

Supply: scmp.com

2019-04-23

Ghana is cracking down on Chinese language gold miners working illegally

Chinese language residents who work at gold mines in Ghana is not going to be protected by their residence nation in the event that they get snared in a crackdown on unlawful mining, China’s Ministry of International Affairs warned after some Chinese language nationals had been detained for working within the African nation.

Though Ghana permits licensed corporations to do small-scale gold mining, “it’s nonetheless unlawful for foreigners” to work within the sector, “and they won’t be protected by Ghanaian legal guidelines”, the ministry mentioned on Monday on the Chinese language social media app WeChat.

Some Chinese language residents had been detained “in current days” for working at Ghanaian gold mines illegally, it mentioned, with out offering particulars.

China’s embassy in Ghana alerted miners initially of the brand new yr that they confronted the potential of being arrested because the native authorities stepped up its crackdown on international operations.

An official from the embassy’s consular affairs division, who declined to be recognized, mentioned he couldn’t say extra concerning the matter.

The ministry’s consular affairs’ media centre in Beijing couldn’t be reached for remark.

Chinese language miners have been flocking to Ghana, Africa’s second-largest gold exporter and the world’s tenth largest, for a number of years.

On the peak of the miners’ gold rush in 2012-13, greater than 30,000 Chinese language had been mining Ghanaian gold, in accordance with an earlier report by the World Occasions, a newspaper owned by Communist Get together mouthpiece Folks’s Every day. About 90 per cent of them hailed from Shanglin county in southern China’s Guangxi Zhuang autonomous area, the report mentioned.

However their quantity had fallen lately as Ghanaian authorities had stepped up their raids on unlawful mining, Su Zhenyu, secretary normal of the China-Ghana Mines Affiliation, was quoted as saying.

However information web site Asia by Africa reported final month that 50,000 Chinese language migrants had poured into Ghana lately, drawn by the nation’s unprotected mineral wealth and sky-high gold costs.

Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo referred to as unlawful mining by Chinese language residents a high concern.

“Ghana and China have a robust relationship,” he informed Nikkei Asian Evaluate final month. “Nevertheless, we now have an enormous downside [with] Chinese language involvement in unlawful mining exercise in Ghana [and] we now have determined to do one thing about it.”

In June 2013, 124 Chinese language residents had been detained by Ghanaian police for digging for gold illegally.

The arrests prompted the Chinese language international ministry to induce Ghanaian authorities to implement their legal guidelines – in a civilised method – to guard residents from having their assets plundered by international invaders.

Beijing has lengthy been decided to not permit relations with Ghana to be undermined by the arrests of the unlawful gold miners.

It needs to guard its rising commerce relationship with one in every of Africa’s brightest financial stars.

Ghana-China commerce stood at greater than US$6 billion in 2017, up 11.7 per cent from a yr earlier, in accordance with an article on the web site Ghana Net.

It additionally seeks to defuse any concern that might stoke widespread resentment in opposition to its residents doing enterprise in Africa or threaten its increasing commerce relationship with the continent.

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