Chinese Mine Ghana Gold Illegally

August 07, 2013 / by / 0 Comment

Foreign gold seekers are nothing new in Ghana, but a new wave of prospectors are now making their presence felt, this time from China.

Ghana’s laws say foreign companies are only allowed to work on large, open-pit operations. But campaigners say Chinese entrepreneurs are also illegally controlling small-scale operations behind the scenes, typically through a local intermediary.

Ghana is Africa’s second largest gold exporter. More than 100,000 Ghanaians work in these small, dark mine shafts. Together they produce about 20 percent of the country’s gold.


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