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AETC Commends MIIF’s Initiative to Empower Women in Mining

In a landmark move towards gender inclusivity and empowerment, the Minerals Income Investment Fund (MIIF) has unveiled a groundbreaking GH₵20 million scholarship scheme specifically designed to support women in the mining sector. This initiative not only promises to uplift countless women but also marks a significant stride towards fostering a more diverse and innovative mining industry in Ghana. At the Africa Energy Technology Centre (AETC), we recognize and applaud this initiative, as it aligns seamlessly with AETC’s objective to diversify technical fields and ensure that more women can contribute to and benefit from advancements in the energy and resource sectors.

The mining sector, historically dominated by men, has long faced challenges in achieving gender parity. Women often encounter significant barriers, from limited access to education and training to systemic biases that impede their career progression. MIIF’s scholarship scheme is a decisive step towards dismantling these barriers, offering women the opportunity to gain the necessary skills and education to thrive in this critical industry.

During the launch event, MIIF’s CEO, Mr. Edward Nana Yaw Koranteng, underscored the paramount importance of human capital investment alongside financial investments in the mining sector. By supporting women in mining, MIIF addresses gender inequity while making a strategic investment in Ghana’s future economic development. Mr. Koranteng went on to stress the urgency of such investments and the profound social impact of educational support. This perspective is echoed by AETC, which recognizes that sustainable development in energy and resource sectors hinges on inclusive and equitable human capital development.

The launch event, attended by several dignitaries, highlighted the significance of this initiative. Among those present were the Deputy Minister for Education- Rev. John Ntim Fordjour; the Minister for Gender, Children, and Social Protection- Honourable Darkoa Newman, and the Deputy Minister for Finance- Dr. Alexander Ampaabeng. Their presence underscored the government’s support for initiatives that promote gender equality and human capital development in critical sectors such as mining.

The Africa Energy Technology Centre is committed to fostering sustainable development and technological innovation in the energy sector. We believe that empowering women is crucial to achieving these goals. Women’s unique perspectives and skills are invaluable assets that can drive creativity, efficiency, and sustainability in mining operations. AETC is eager to explore potential partnerships that can enhance the reach and impact of this initiative. By working together, we can create a more inclusive and dynamic mining sector that benefits everyone.

Ms. Emelia Akumah, the Founder and President of the Africa Energy Technology Centre, expressed her endorsement of the initiative stating “Empowering women in sectors traditionally dominated by men, such as mining, is crucial for achieving sustainable development. The MIIF scholarship initiative is a monumental step towards bridging the gender gap and fostering a more inclusive industry. At AETC, we are proud to support and collaborate on initiatives that align with our mission to promote diversity, innovation, and equitable growth within the energy and resource sectors.”

As we look to the future, AETC envisions a mining and resource management industry where women are equally represented and have access to the same opportunities as their male counterparts. MIIF’s scholarship scheme is a vital step towards realizing this vision. By investing in the education and professional development of women, we are laying the foundation for a more innovative, sustainable, and equitable industry.

We celebrate this move and stand ready to support and amplify its impact. Together, we can create a future where women in mining are not only empowered but also lead the way in driving sustainable growth and technological advancements in the industry.

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