AngloGold Ashanti Iduapriem Mine received two prestigious awards at the 6th Ghana Business Awards held recently in Accra.
The awards – Mining Company of the Year and CEO of the Year (Private Sector) – were respectively claimed by the miner and its Managing Director, Samuel Boakye Pobee.
The Iduapriem Mine won the 2023 Mining Company of the Year award following excellent performances in key aspects – including corporate social investment; contribution to the economy; local content; health, safety and environmental management, and its esteemed status in the mining sector.
In addition, Managing Director-Iduapriem Mine, Mr. Boakye Pobee, received the CEO of the Year (Private Sector) award in recognition of his outstanding leadership abilities, strategic decision-making, significant contributions to socio-economic development and introduction of several innovative programmes to shape the company’s performance, especially in safety, environmental management and human capital development.
The Ghana Business Awards’ 6th edition, themed ‘The role of businesses in promoting tourism, arts and culture’, was organised by Globe Productions with support from the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture. It recognises and rewards excellence across all sectors.
In his address to the gathering after receiving his CEO of the Year (Private Sector) award, the Managing Director expressed his profound gratitude to the Iduapriem team for their hard work and unflinching support.
“I am extremely grateful for this achievement. This award is a testament of the team’s dedication to excellence and speaks volumes of the company’s quest to turn gold into sustainable wealth for our stakeholders,” he said. “We remain committed to making a positive contribution toward an enduring world, and will continue to count on the support of everyone,” he said.
The event was attended by dignitaries such as the Minister for Youth and Sports, Mustapha Ussif; Deputy Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mark Okraku-Mantey; Switzerland Ambassador to Ghana, Simone Giger; High Commissioner for Pakistan to Ghana, Farhat Ayesha; Egyptian Ambassador to Ghana, Emad Hanna; and Deputy Head-EU Delegation to Ghana, Jonas Claes, among others.
About Iduapriem Mine
AngloGold Ashanti (Iduapriem) Limited operates the Iduapriem Mine in the Western Region of Ghana, about 17km southwest of Tarkwa. Iduapriem Mine started operation in June 1992 as Ghanaian Australian Goldfields Limited. It became part of the AngloGold Ashanti Group in 2004 following the business combination with Ashanti Goldfields Limited. It is an open-pit operation comprising the Iduapriem, Teberebie, Ajopa and Ajopa South-West mining leases covering an area of 140km2 concession and encompassing 19 communities. The mine provides employment to about 2,500 people, all being Ghanaians.
Iduapriem Mine has been recognised and received several awards for its superior performance in environmental management, corporate social investment, occupational health and safety, and innovation as well as fiscal contributions to the state.
About Samuel Boakye Pobee
Samuel Boakye Pobee was appointed Managing Director-AngloGold Ashanti Iduapriem Mine on 1 July 2021. He is a mining engineer by profession with over 20 years of experience in both underground and open-pit operations, including over 5 years in senior leadership positions. Prior to this appointment, he held several senior operational and technical roles, including General Manager-Operations and Managing Director-Barrick Gold (formerly Acacia Mining) in Tanzania; and General Manager-Technical Services, Resolute Mining, in Australia.
He holds an MBA (Executive) from INSEAD Business School, France; a post-graduate certificate in Applied Finance from Macquarie University, Australia; and is a Chartered Professional member-Mining Engineering (CP Mining) of the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM). He is currently completing a Master’s degree in Geostatistics through the University of Adelaide, Australia.
Mr. Boakye Pobee took over at Iduapriem Mine in a very difficult period when the Mine was facing many challenges, especially on the production front. He immediately assumed accountability for end-to-end business optimisation, improvement and integration, and started steering the mine through a crucial reinvestment period with focus on continuous improvement toward a high-performing culture.