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Douglas Boateng appointed board chairman of Minerals Income Investment Fund

Professor Douglas Boateng is expected to chair the US$200 million-plus Minerals Income Investment Fund (MIIF) to achieving set targets

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  • “The monetisation of our natural resources and minerals is essential to the realisation of the country’s long-term development goals,” says Boateng

Professor Douglas Boateng has been appointed to serve as the board chairman of the Minerals Income Investment Fund (MIIF).  

Inaugurating the new board members of the MIIF, Ken Ofori-Atta, the Minister for Finance, said: “Your role is to ensure that Ghana’s mineral and metals income are maximised for the long-term benefit of Ghana for Ghanaians.”

Globally renowned for his contribution to fine-tuning procurement, governance, logistics and industrial engineering in the context of supply and value chain management and industrialisation, Professor Boateng has played leading academic, board-level and C-suite roles in exploration and mining, among other areas, in Africa and across the globe.

Speaking at the inauguration event, Professor Boateng expressed his enthusiasm for his new role. 

“I am highly honoured to be given the opportunity by His Excellency President Nana Akufo-Addo, with the blessing of the Honourable Minister for Finance, other government officials and stakeholders, to perform my patriotic duty as the chairman of the Minerals Income Investment Fund,” he said. 

“I am looking forward to constructively guiding and coaching the managing director, Mr Yaw Koranteng, and working together with my fellow board members to help further advance the goals of the Fund, plus play my part in transforming the sector through adequate governance-driven supervision, value-driven partnerships, and alliances.”

Value for Ghana

Professor Boateng said that, as the board of directors, they were, “without question, fully committed to the Companies Act 2019 (Act 992), which provides guidelines for protecting and building shareholder value”.

“We shall use our duly authorised supervisory time to guide MIIF to legitimately create long-term wealth for Ghana and Ghanaians and look forward to possibly collaborating with other African countries to achieve the objectives,” he said.

According to the Minerals Income Investment Fund Act 2018 (Act 978), the objectives of the Fund are to: (a) maximise the value of the income due the Republic from the mineral wealth of the country for the benefit of its citizens; (b) monetise the minerals income accruing to the Republic in a beneficial, responsible, transparent, accountable and sustainable manner; and (c) develop and implement measures to reduce the budgetary exposure of the Republic to minerals income fluctuations.

Restating his commitment to realising the Fund’s objectives, Professor Boateng noted the need to advance the role of women and Ghanaians in the minerals sector. 

“We need to focus much-needed attention on the championing of women in mining and exploration in the country to help foster greater opportunities for women-led projects as well as the implementation of meaningful, women-centred social responsibility initiatives within the exploration and mining sector,” he said.

In his address, he explained the importance of the Fund for Ghana and its people. “The monetisation of our natural resources and minerals is essential to the realisation of the country’s long-term development goals,” he said.

“It is crucial that the natural and mineral wealth of Ghana contributes to the lives and wealth of its own people. Royalties collected to date from mining companies are in excess of US$200 million.

“Based on sectoral experience and purposive research, Ghana can increase this annual income by at least four times to over US$1 billion within six years. However, these quantifiable gains can only be achieved by employing the right human capital, supported by the right processes, systems, visionary leadership and guidance, value-driven support from the government, sectoral investments, carefully selected strategic partnerships, ventures and alliances,” he said.

Call for professionalisation

Professor Boateng’s appointment as MIIF chair follows his recent tenure as chairman of the Public Procurement Authority (PPA). 

He successfully oversaw the implementation of GHANEPS (the Ghana Electronic Procurement System) – an online collaborative public procurement system, developed to facilitate, minimise and discourage procurement-related malpractices in Ghana. 

He also helped to initiate and played an oversight role in the ongoing review of the Public Procurement Act, advancing calls for the urgent professionalisation of procurement in the country.

The other members of the new MIIF board are: Felicia Nana A Dapaah Gyamfi Ashley, Professor Akosua Apea Osafo, Edward Nana Yaw Koranteng, George Mireku Duker, Kow Abaka Essuman Esq, Associate Professor Grace Ofori Sarpong, Reverend Ammishaddai A Owusu-Amoah and Dr Maxwell Opoku Afari.

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