The Minister of Finance, Ken Ofori-Atta, has said that Agyapa Royalties Limited by the end of this year will be listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE).
This, he said, will be the first time such an African company of this kind will be listed on the LSE, a situation that brightens the image of Africa.
Speaking on issues surrounding the Agyapa Royalties deal at a press conference in Accra on Thursday, August 27 said this will ensure that African companies rub shoulders with the international counterparts.
“We are excited about the listing of Agyapa in London by the end of the year. It creates the first royalty company of that nature in Africa.
“It is really sad that for a country that has been mining gold since the 15th century with the Portuguese, we still don’t have any international listing company either in gold or even cocoa.
“This must come to an end and we believe this is a strong statement to register Ghana’s presence going forward.
“We need to create structures that allow us to access the funding. If we don’t do that we allow ourselves to remain captives of the international companies that take our resources and simply market them to the same groups that we choose to ignore. There are those who say we should be careful not to mortgage yourself today, the gold in the ground for future generations.
“First of all, this is not the case but I have two questions for those who raise these concerns. If it is okay for a foreign investor who goes for searching to sell what is in the ground upfront, then why not us?
“But more importantly, why is it okay to borrow today for future and not good to use our resources to leverage ourselves for tomorrow.
“We must be creative to expand our resources for income to support our development. We are in a hurry to catch up. Every year every generation we wait, we keep millions of people and families in the abyss of poverty and sufferings.
“If we want to increase our share of global line, it sometimes means creating new innovative structures and give direct access to the natural resources in a manner that is open and transparent and operate in accordance with laws.”
Ghana’s legislature approved the controversial Agyapa Mineral Royalty Limited agreement Friday, August 14 despite a protest from the Minority.
Based on the agreement, Agyapa Royalties Limited (ARL) will trade shares on the Ghana Stock Exchange and the London Stock Exchange for private people to buy. But the Mineral Income Investment Fund(MIIF) will remain the majority shareholder.
The Minority said the deal makes it impossible for a future government to replace managers of Agyapa Royalties Limited although the Minerals Income Investment Fund will remain the majority shareholder.
A group of CSOs led by Dr. Steve Manteaw, Chairman of the Civil Society Platform on Oil and Gas, noted that the government of Ghana and Parliament rushed in approving the controversial Agyapa Royalties agreement.
By Laud Nartey|3news.com|Ghana