Another expert on board at SRK Ghana
The Accra office of global engineering consultants SRK Consulting has been boosted by the addition of Ghanaian geological engineer and mineral resource geologist Eric Owusu Acheampong.
With almost three decades in the industry, Acheampong has worked in Ghana, Tanzania and South Africa; he graduated initially from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Kumasi, later doing his MSc in mineral resources at the University of Wales in Cardiff.
He said:e saiH “I’ve been associated with SRK since the late 1990s when I did my master’s degree in Wales. About 80 percent of the programme’s faculty tutorship was done by SRK staff from the Cardiff office.
“I had also used the services of SRK consultants on a number of projects, and admired the professionalism and the quality of the mining solutions SRK offered.
“My preference to continue my career at this stage with SRK stems from that long association and knowing also that the company is employee-owned.”
Acheampong is enthusiastic about current levels of mineral exploration in West Africa and the future of the region.
“There seems to be a positive turn-around in the political arena in West Africa lately, with successful democratic elections in Guinea and Liberia, and some political stability returning to Côte d’Ivoire,” he said.
“All of this has contributed to heightened exploration activity in the sub-region recently, at least until falling commodity prices (especially gold) slowed down the tempo in the last year and a half.”
In this context, though, let’s remember that the review of some mining codes in certain countries had mixed effects. Some governments have proposed to take a higher stake in potential developments in the mining industry – up to 35 percent in Guinea, for example.
Nonetheless, he said, the positive impact that bulk commodity projects, such as iron ore, will have on the regional and national rail, road, port and energy infrastructure continue to foster exploration for iron ore, bauxite, diamonds and gold in West Africa.
“In particular, there is increased focus in Burkina Faso, Sierra Leone and Côte d’Ivoire due to a favourable political climate and highly prospective grounds,” he said.
“Mali is Africa’s third largest gold producer and continues to attract exploration although the political tension in the country is stifling progress.
Acheampong’s career has taken him into underground and opencast operations, where his skills developed in grade control, mining geology and mineral exploration.
As a Chartered Professional and Competent Person, he became well experienced in preparing and auditing mineral resources reports and business unit plans – setting strategic direction for mining operations and exploration license tenements.
His studies also took him to the Graduate School of Business at the University of Cape Town, where he undertook a year-long management development programme tailored to the mining sector.
His return to Ghana from his last post in Johannesburg as Corporate Geology Manager has him looking forward to the new challenges and opportunities.
“Coming back to West Africa is very important for me,” he said. “I have strong connections and networks in the region, having worked here for more than 15 years, and am excited about serving the industry here in my new consulting role.
“The SRK practice in Ghana, while relatively new, is well positioned to attract jobs from exploration and mining companies all over West Africa as Ghana is like a hub of exploration and mining activity in the region.
“My place in the team will ensure that we have adequate capacity to deliver a wide range of geological consulting services.”
G7 Summit guide: What it is and what leaders hope to achieve
Unless you’ve had your head buried in the sand, you’ll have seen the term ‘G7’ plastered all over the Internet this week. We’re going to give you the skinny on exactly what the G7 is and what its purpose on this planet is ─ and whether it’s a good or a bad collaboration.
Who are the G7?
The Group of Seven, or ‘G7’, may sound like a collective of pirate lords from a certain Disney smash-hit, but in reality, it’s a group of the world’s seven largest “advanced” economies ─ the powerhouses of the world, if you like.
The merry band comprises:
- The United Kingdom
- The United States
Historically, Russia was a member of the then-called ‘G8’ but found itself excluded after their ever-so-slightly illegal takeover of Crimea back in 2014.
Since 1977, the European Union has also been involved in some capacity with the G7 Summit. The Union is not recognised as an official member, but gradually, as with all Europe-linked affairs, the Union has integrated itself into the conversation and is now included in all political discussions on the annual summit agenda.
When was the ‘G’ formed?
Back in 1975, when the world was reeling from its very first oil shock and the subsequent financial fallout that came with it, the heads of state and government from six of the leading industrial countries had a face-to-face meeting at the Chateau de Rambouillet to discuss the global economy, its trajectory, and what they could do to address the economic turmoil that reared its ugly head throughout the 70s.
Why does the G7 exist?
At this very first summit ─ the ‘G6’ summit ─, the leaders adopted a 15-point communiqué, the Declaration of Rambouillet, and agreed to continuously meet once a year moving forward to address the problems of the day, with a rotating Presidency. One year later, Canada was welcomed into the fold, and the ‘G6’ became seven and has remained so ever since ─ Russia’s inclusion and exclusion not counted.
The group, as previously mentioned, was born in the looming shadow of a financial crisis, but its purpose is more significant than just economics. When leaders from the group meet, they discuss and exchange ideas on a broad range of issues, including injustice around the world, geopolitical matters, security, and sustainability.
It’s worth noting that, while the G7 may be made up of mighty nations, the bloc is an informal one. So, although it is considered an important annual event, declarations made during the summit are not legally binding. That said, they are still very influential and worth taking note of because it indicates the ambitions and outlines the initiatives of these particularly prominent leading nations.
Where is the 2021 G7 summit?
This year, the summit will be held in the United Kingdom deep in the southwest of England, with Prime Minister Boris Johnson hosting his contemporaries in the quaint Cornish resort of Carbis Bay near St Ives in Cornwall.
What will be discussed this year?
After almost two years of remote communication, this will be the first in-person G7 summit since the novel Coronavirus first took hold of the globe, and Britain wants “leaders to seize the opportunity to build back better from coronavirus, uniting to make the future fairer, greener, and more prosperous.”
The three-day summit, running from Friday to Sunday, will see the seven leaders discussing a whole host of shared challenges, ranging from the pandemic and vaccine development and distribution to the ongoing global fight against climate change through the implementation of sustainable norms and values.
According to the UK government, the attendees will also be taking a look at “ensuring that people everywhere can benefit from open trade, technological change, and scientific discovery.”