Friday, 24 May

Iran delegation calls on lands ministry for knowledge sharing in seismic activities, mineral exploration

Iran delegation at the ministry

A delegation from Islamic Republic of Iran on Wednesday, April 17th 2024 called on the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources to among others learn best practices relative to the occurrence of seismic activities, mineral exploration and geological surveys.

The visit also aimed at enhancing the relationship and providing a platform for further collaborations between Ghana and Iran in the future.

The Chief Director of the Ministry, Prof. Patrick Agbesinyale who received the delegation on behalf of the Minister elucidated on the Ministry’s core mandate.

On the specific subject of seismic and geologic activities, Prof Agbesinyale outlined some of the country’s major policies and strategies in that field.

“The Ministry is responsible for our natural resources and Ghana is the largest producer of Gold in Africa. Ghana Geological Survey Authority (GGSA) is an agency under the Ministry with several others including the Minerals Commission”.

The Chief Director expressed his appreciation with the initiative by the Iranian government, stating “we are very happy and glad to have you. This is a critical time for us and we have a lot of discussions ongoing in the mining sector. We are dealing with iron ore, lithium, aluminum Bauxite among others”.

Prof. Agbesinyale noted that the visit by the delegation from Iran will help Ghana access some of the techniques in maximizing mineral exploration especially in remote sensoring.

The Deputy Ambassador of Iran, Dr. Mardani, on his part mentioned the hospitality of Ghanaians as one standpoint attributes he has observed in his time in the country.

He added that the main challenge in the country is Galamsey and the collaboration will further aid the country in fighting it.

Early on, the delegation called on the management of GGSA and made a presentation on their company and how they can further collaborate in that regard.