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Chinese Ambassador to Ghana H.E. Mdm. Sun Baohong met with the Executive Director of IEA

On 12th May, 2017, Chinese Ambassador to Ghana H.E. Mdm. Sun Baohong met with Jean Mensa, the Executive Director of IEA, and mainly exchanged views on illegal mining.

Ms. Mensa thanked Ambassador Sun for the meeting amid the latter’s busy schedule, and introduced IEA’s recent studies on illegal mining. Mensa said that illegal mining has its underlying causes, and it cannot be ascribed on any group of people or nationals. Many Chinese labors are not the crux of illegal mining, but the victim. It is unwise to politicize the illegal mining, and the Ghanaian government is the key to resolve this problem. IEA wishes to maintain close communication with the Chinese Embassy on illegal mining, and reveal the root cause of this problem.

Ambassador Sun expressed appreciation to IEA’s efforts. Sun said that illegal mining is highly complex, and this problem could only be resolved by the comprehensive policies of Ghanaian government in accordance with the laws and regulations through constant efforts. The Chinese side wishes to help the Ghanaian side to resolve this problem. However, some media are capitalizing on the illegal mining to defame the Chinese government and Chinese nationals. This is adverse to resolve the problem fundamentally. The Chinese side hopes that the Ghanaian side can strengthen the positive guidance to the media for objective reports on China-Ghana relations and bilateral cooperation.

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