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Ghana Chamber of Mines launches Supply Chain Financing initiative to boost supplies to mining sector

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The Ghana Chamber of Mines, in partnership with three financial institutions, has launched a programme to financially support members to enhance their services and productivity.

The launch of the ‘Chamber of Mines’ Supply Chain Financing Programme,’ in Accra on Wednesday March 30, 2022, makes way for members to access financial products tailor-made for mining support services companies in the Ghanaian mining industry.

Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Chamber of Mines, Dr. Sulemanu Koney, said the programme was developed in response to the financial challenges its members especially, the mining support services companies, faced.

Having identified that problem, we put together a team to find a way of designing products which are tailor-made to serve the needs of the mining companies as well as the mining support services companies that is what we have launched today” he added.

Ghana Chamber of Mines, Supply Chain Financing, mining sector

Dr. Koney indicated that the idea is to make sure that members of the chamber have the best capacity in terms of technology and financing.

We are not looking for financial products which are picked from the shelves, we want cutting edge and customised products for them so they can get the best capacity to also produce for the mining companies within the country and once they get to a certain level they can even export beyond the shores of this country,” he added.

Dr. Koney explained that research conducted by the chamber showed that access to finance was a huge challenge for local suppliers in the mining sector. Following engagement with relevant stakeholders, Dr. Koney said the Ghana Association of Bankers was asked to help provide funding for local suppliers at a favourable interest rate.

Mining is a catalyst for development. However, you can’t just sit down and fold your arms and say mining is a catalyst for development. We are not a finance house but we help by bringing the companies and the banks together to understand the supply chain,” he stressed.

He said also the Chamber engaged the Association of Ghana Industries to help create a conducive environment that will encourage banks to lend to small businesses in the mining sector supply chain.

Out of 23 banks engaged in the country a shortlist of three was made and these were CAL Bank, Republic Bank and Absa bank.

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He stated that the banks were all allowed to present workable financial plans to the chamber in collaboration with companies in the supply chain.

Giving an overview of the programme, Chairman of the Tender Committee, Clifford Adu-Biney, said the committee started work in the fourth quarter of 2020 following which banks expressed interest and three banks, Absa Bank, Cal Bank and Republic Bank were shortlisted as the partnering financial institutions.

Ghana Chamber of Mines, Supply Chain Financing, mining sector

Clifford Adu-Biney, Chairman- Tender Committee,

He said the programme aims to offer between short to long term uniquely designed solutions in areas such as purchase order financing, trade receivables financing, leasing of fixed assets, cash flow lending solutions, suppliers credit facilitation and guarantees among others.

He noted that the launch would be followed by the set up of a technical committee of experts to receive and review project financing proposals from businesses and affiliates desirous of exploiting production and manufacturing opportunities.

We will also provide technical advice and guidance to translate such proposals into feasible and bankable projects for consideration by partners Banks and other financial and capital markets participants,” he added.

The Chief Executive of the Ghana Association of Bankers, John Awuah, in his remarks at the launch reiterated that banks are now well capitalised to venture into investment in the mining sector.

Ghana Chamber of Mines, Supply Chain Financing, mining sector

According to him, the financial sector clean-up exercise undertaken by the Bank of Ghana has equipped many Ghanaian owned banks to lend funds to areas that will help develop the infrastructural needs of the country.

Now we have Ghanaian banks investing in the construction and expansion works at the Takoradi Drydock. That’s not all, a lot more Ghanaian banks are going into lending for infrastructural development. That is the only way we can develop the nation and create more jobs in the economy,” he said.

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