The Minerals Commission has officially launched an online repository for public access where all data recorded in the Mining Cadastre pertaining to mineral rights and related revenues are published.
This means for the first time in the history of Ghana, a fully-fledged computerized mining cadastral system is being deployed for the country’s mining sector.
The online portal which can be accessed via: http://ghana.revenuesystems.org was made possible under a bilateral agreement with the Australian Government.
Dr. Toni Aubynn, CEO of Minerals Commission remarked “we are excited that what we set out to achieve is turning out positively with the development of a fully-fledged Mining Cadastre Administration System.
The system when fully completed will enhance transparency, effectiveness, accountability and compliance in the management of mineral rights”.
Under this new system, information relating to existing concessions as well as status of new applications (payments made, concession validity, size, location etc.) can be assessed and tracked online.
It is expected that by April 2017, investors can conduct full cartographic searches and apply online for mineral rights
The implementation of a Mining Cadastre Administration System in Ghana is expected to help prevent disputes over concession boundaries and significantly reduce human interventions in the mineral rights acquisition and management process.
At the same time, it will help improve collaboration and interaction between relevant government institutions, e.g. Minerals Commission, Ghana Revenue Authority, Bank of Ghana, among others.