The Minerals Commission of Ghana, which was established in 1986 is a regulatory body that has been tasked to oversee the mining industry in the country.
The commission is equipped with a team of experienced professionals with diverse backgrounds and expertise in the mining industry to ensure that Ghana’s mineral resources is exploited in a sustainable and environmentally friendly manner.
The commission is also tasked with giving out licenses and permit to mining companies, overseeing operations of mining companies, and ensuring that the mining companies follow safety and environmental regulations by collaborating with various stakeholders such as the local communities, civil society organizations, and other government agencies.
Who is responsible for issuing a mining license in Ghana?
The agency that has the mandate and is responsible for issuing a mining license is the Minerals Commission, Ghana (www.mincom.gov.gh). In addition to granting licenses, the commission undertakes the coordination and implementation of policies related to mining in Ghana.
Certifications offered by the Minerals Commission of Ghana
As part of the duties of the Minerals Commission of Ghana, they offer various certifications to individuals and companies operating in the mining sector. The certifications are designed to ensure that mining activities are carried out in a safe, sustainable, and environmentally-friendly manner. Below is a list of certifications offered by the Minerals Commission of Ghana.
1. Mineral Right Holder Certificate
This certificate is given to individuals or companies to confirm that, the holder has the legal right to explore, mine, and dispose of minerals in accordance with the laws of Ghana.
2. Small Scale Mining License
This is certification is given to individuals or companies that engage in small-scale mining activities in accordance with the laws of Ghana. It allows holders to mine minerals such as gold, diamonds, and other precious metals on a small scale.
3. Environmental Permit
This certification is given to individuals or companies that engage in mining activities that have the potential to impact the environment. It ensures that, mining activities are carried out in an environmentally friendly manner and that, the impact on the environment is not gross.
4. Mining Services Provider Certificate
The Mining Services Provider Certificate is issued to individuals or companies that provide services to the mining industry in Ghana. These services may include drilling, blasting, haulage, and other mining-related activities.
5. Mineral Export License
This certification is given to individuals or companies that export minerals from Ghana. It ensures that minerals are exported in accordance with the laws of the country and that, the country receives its fair share of the revenue from the mining industry.
6. Minerals Trading License
This certification is given to individuals or companies that engage in the trading of minerals in Ghana. It ensures that minerals are traded in an open and accountable manner for the country to receive its fair share of the revenue from the mining industry.
7. Mine Support Services License
This certification is given to individuals or companies that provide support services to mining companies in Ghana. The services may include catering, security, transportation, and others.
How to apply for certifications
1. Identify the Certification you Need
There are several certifications that one can acquire from the Minerals Commission of Ghana, and it is important to know all the types and the ones you want before you start your application process. Make sure you meet all the necessary requirements for the type of certification you want to acquire.
2. Gather the Required Documents
Now that you know the certification you want, Start gathering your document in other to get a smooth and clean application process. Every certification has its requirements. But most of the time, you will need the documents below;
- Application form
- Valid ID card or passport
- Tax clearance certificate
- Company registration documents
- Environmental impact assessment report
- Proof of financial capability
- Mining plan
You may also need to provide additional documents depending on the certification you are applying for.
3. Fill Out the Application Form
Now that everything is set, it is time to fill out the application form with all the necessary documents and information needed. The application form can be obtained from the Minerals Commission of Ghana website or their office. Make sure you fill out the application form accurately and provide all the required information.
4. Submit the Application
After you are done filling out the form with all the needed information and necessary document, you are to submit your application to the Mineral Commission of Ghana’s office in person for your application to be reviewed.
5. Wait for Approval
You will need to wait for approval from the Mineral Commission of Ghana. The approval process may take some time, depending on the certification you are applying for and the volume of applications the Minerals Commission is processing.
6. Receive your Certification
If your application is approved, you will receive your certification from the Minerals Commission. You will need to comply with all the conditions and requirements of the certification to avoid cancellation or revocation of the certification.
The pricing structure for minerals certifications in Ghana
When it comes to the pricing structure for the Minerals Commission of Ghana, we have the Ad Valorem and the Flat fees. Ad valorem fees are calculated based on the value of the minerals being certified, while flat fees are a fixed amount charged per unit of minerals being certified.
- Ad valorem fees are typically charged for minerals such as gold, diamonds, and other precious stones. The fee is calculated as a percentage of the value of the minerals being certified, with rates ranging from 0.25% to 2.5%. The exact rate depends on the type of mineral and the volume being certified.
- Flat fees are charged for minerals such as sand, gravel, and clay. The fee is calculated per unit of minerals being certified, with rates ranging from GHS 0.50 to GHS 3.00 per cubic meter, depending on the type and volume being certified.
The processing fee for minerals certifications is GHS 100, while the administrative charge is GHS 50. These fees are charged for each certification application, regardless of the type or volume of minerals being certified.
It is important to note that the pricing structure for mineral certifications in Ghana is subject to change. The Minerals Commission reviews the fees periodically to ensure that they are in line with industry standards and reflect the cost of providing certification services.