Ghana's government last month sent a task force of soldiers, police and immigration officers into the country's gold country to root out foreigners who have flooded mining districts in recent years. In a series of raids this month, the task force arrested and repatriated 218 Chinese nationals, along with 57 others from west African countries, as well as a handful from Russia.
Ghana has had a gold rush but here, Afua Hirsch discovers how Chinese immigrants are profiting from industrialising the country's smallscale mining
BEIJING (AP) — Police in Ghana have detained 124 Chinese workers suspected of illegally mining gold in the resourcerich West African country, the
Part three of a fourpart film series on illegal gold mining focuses on the impact of foreign miners. China has had a long history of investment in Ghana, whether it
Chinese gold mining company would partner with a Ghanaian who holds smallscale mining license and use his company as a front. Chinese miners are both the investor
When the Chinese government cracked down on unscrupulous mining and private operations were banned, Shanglin's miners sought other sources of gold outside China. When they caught wind of Ghana's rich reserves, a mass exodus from China to the West African country was begun. But Ghanaian law prohibits smallscale mining by noncitizens.
Three Chinese and a Ghanaian have been arrested in the Diaso Forest, near Ayiem in the Upper Denkyira West District of the Central Region for engaging in illegal mining.
Next to Xi, China's ambassador to Ghana happily clutches a gold bar. The Chinese embassy was reportedly infuriated by the cartoon and issued a complaint to the Ghanaian government on media coverage of the arrests of several Chinese miners involved in illegal mining, which is known locally as "galamsey".
Over the last decade, thousands of Chinese goldseekers have streamed into Ghana, most of them from Guangxi Province in Shanglin County, where an ageold tradition of gold mining exists. When the Chinese government cracked down on unscrupulous mining and private operations were banned, Shanglin's miners sought other sources of gold outside China.
Ghana, China must consider bilateral relations before fighting over galamsey Ghana, China must consider bilateral relations before fighting over galamsey
The Director of Public Affairs at the Ghana Chamber of Mines, Ahmed Nantogma, said Ghana's vast gold resources and the lucrative price of the mineral had attracted the Chinese. In July 2013, the Ghana Immigration Service repatriated almost 4 000 Chinese to their country as part of efforts to end illegal mining, known as galamsey in Ghana.
Illegal gold mining has emerged as a contentious issue in Ghana. (Reuters) In March 2013, Xi Jinping visited three African countries Tanzania, South Africa, and Republic of the Congo during his first trip abroad as the President of China.
Local mining officials estimate that there are several thousand Chinese working in the mining sector, most of them illegally. But Mr Yu said: "There are more than 10,000 Chinese doing mining in Ghana." Su Zhenyu, secretarygeneral of the Chinese mining association in Ghana, said 50,000 Chinese miners had come in since 2005.
The recent crackdown on illegal gold mining offers an opportunity for both China and mineralrich African countries to learn to tackle this issue together. The two countries enjoy a rather close relationship since Ghana's independence. In 2012, bilateral trade between China and Ghana is US$5.4bn, increasing 56.5% over 2011.
Ghana Arrests Chinese in Gold Mining Regions The Jun 06, 2013018332DAKAR, Senegal The authorities in Ghana have conducted sweeping arrests of Chinese citizens in
A Ghana immigration official told Xinhua news agency that the detainees "were involved in illegal gold mining". They are being held at an immigration centre in Accra, Chinese officials said. Yu Jie, spokesman for the Chinese embassy in Ghana, told Xinhua they "have cautioned all the Chinese people in Ghana to strictly abide by the related laws and regulations".
DAKAR, Senegal — The authorities in Ghana have conducted sweeping arrests of Chinese citizens in the nation's goldmining regions, officials said
Sweltering heat, golden dreams: Chinese galamsey in Ghana . Jan 31, 2015 Now, galamsey is reserved for the Chinese gold miners who are seen as . A management agency
Thousands of Chinese nationals have been deported from Ghana in a crackdown on the plunder of the country's gold by illegal miners. Immigration authorities say more
Ghana's government said claims that delays in Ghana being able to access a $3bn loan facility agreed with China recently were related to the current events. So far this year 1,577 illegal foreign miners have been arrested by the Ghanaian authorities, and more than 3,800 have submitted to deportation on a voluntary basis, according to the ministry for lands and mines.
Tensions between Ghana and China have escalated in the past weeks as Africa's second largest gold producer announced last month the suspension of licenses for small
More than 100 grams of gold can be captured a day, more than 10 times the yield of manual gold panning, said Su Zhenyu, secretary general of the Chinese Mining Association in Ghana. Official estimates of the impact of Chinese gold mining on the Ghanaian economy are not readily found, but miners say their investment is huge.
in smallscale gold mining in Ghana Research by Gordon Crawford, Coleman Agyeyomah, Gabriel Botchwey and Atinga Mba Policy brief 33110 May 2016 • Smallscale mining contributes about 30% of Ghana's total gold output and provides livelihoods for many people. This study examines the impact of Chinese involvement in the sector, much of it illegal and controversial.
Smallscale mining contributes about 30% of Ghana's total gold output and provides livelihoods to large numbers of people One aspect of the controversial issue of
When Su Zhenyu arrived in Ghana in 1995 to live his African dream, there were barely 100 Chinese people in the small, resourcerich country. In the 18 years since
Three Chinese, A Ghanaian Arrested For Illegal Mining on GhanaStar Three Chinese and a Ghanaian have been arrested in the Diaso Forest, near Ayiem in
Chinese Mission caution Ghana over arrest of countries if there are reports of a casualty during the arrest of Chinese involved in illegal mining in Ghana.
Hundreds of thousands, including many from China, are engaged in illegal artisanal mining. How can the government stop it? At the start of April, Ghana's government
ACCRA (AFP) – More than 4,500 Chinese have left Ghana since a crackdown on illegal mining began in June, with the illicit industry having drawn scores of Chinese to the west African nation, an official said Friday.