The Ghana Stock Exchange (GSE) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Minerals Income Investment Fund (MIIF) to support the attraction of mining firms unto the bourse.
The MoU was signed with the view to establish a practical framework for the development of stronger business relations between the two parties and set forth the procedures to create an asset class and promote the trade in minerals securities on any of the GSE’s market.
As part of the collaboration, MIIF is expected to recommend all mining companies in which it has equity investments for listing on the GSE. Furthermore, MIIF will develop a sustainable mining program for small-scale miners that will provide feedstock to certified gold for an Exchange Traded Fund.
In her remarks, the Managing Director of GSE, Abena Amoah expressed her excitement about the partnership with MIIF and opportunities it presents. ‘‘The two mining companies listed on the Exchange is not a good reflection of Ghana’s position as the largest producer of gold in Africa. There must be a deliberate strategy to get more mining companies list on the Exchange to deepen the local capital market. This partnership is therefore timely, and it will also maximize the value derived from the country’s mineral resources once these listings crystalize.’’
The GSE among other things will make available its platforms for companies working with MIIF to access capital from any of GSE’s markets (working capital, long-term debt and equity). MIIF will also will lead the education and sensitization of market players on some mineral asset classes to be created, while the GSE will provide technical assistance in the development of a Gold-backed ETF, or other mineral-backed ETFs.
Speaking at the ceremony, The CEO of MIIF, Edward Nana Yaw Koranteng expressed delight about the partnership with the GSE. “The objective of MIIF in line with the vision of the President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo Addo, is to help develop the entire mining eco-system of Ghana by supporting the sector’s accessibility to capital and most importantly create Ghanaian mining champions. The capital markets have remained that engine for accelerated access to long term capital for mining companies worldwide and it is important that this lever is given to Ghanaian mining companies. It is also important that we develop incentives to encourage international mining companies to list on the GSE which would deepen the Ghanaian capital market.”.