MIIF to provide co-investment options to investors in Ghana’s mining sector

Edward Nana Yaw Koranteng, CEO of MIIF

The Chief Executive Officer of the Minerals Income Investment Fund (MIIF) has told a meeting of global investors in Canada that MIIF is ready to co-invest with investors seeking opportunities into the minerals sub-sector in Ghana. This he said, is in line with the strategic objective of MIIF to support the quest to make Ghana the mining hub in Africa and localise value as much as possible.

Koranteng was speaking at the 2024 Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) Trade show held in Toronto, Canada. “We are seeking co-investment partners in our bid to invest in the entire minerals value chain in Ghana. We are ready to co-invest and thereby create a de-risking mechanism for investors. Our emphasis is the development of the entire value chain,” said Edward Nana Yaw Koranteng.


We are building Africa’s biggest sovereign minerals fund,” said Koranteng who has grown the Assets Under Management (AUM) of MIIF from circa $185 Million in 2020 to a current $550 million as of Dec 2023.

“This is expected to exceed $1.2 Billion this first quarter of 2024 following the completion of a re-valuation of Ghana’s free carried interest in some large-scale mines which MIIF is mandated by law to manage. The validation of the revaluation of these assets is being undertaken by an independent international audit firm.” “We have a robust pipeline of investments and have adopted an aggressive and revolutionary mechanism in expanding our royalty’s base. The opportunities in Ghana are enormous and goes beyond gold for which Ghana is known for. The opportunities for investors also cover the salt sector, lithium, bauxite, iron ore, graphite, feldspar, diamonds, kaolin, chemical plants and refineries across the value delivery chains of each mineral type. We are inviting investors to seize these opportunities in the mining sector.” Koranteng said.


A reclassification of minerals such as Manganese, Graphite, Bauxite, Lithium and Salt as ‘Priority Minerals’ has refocussed attention on their value chain development and value addition through deliberate investments by the Fund. “We see vast opportunities in Manganese, Graphite, Lithium and Salt especially in this era of decarbonisation and the regionalisation of development and trade in Africa, Koranteng told investors.

“At present, we are working on investments in graphite which has been found in commercial quantities in northern Ghana and closed a $32.9 million dollar equity stake in Atlantic Lithium, an Australian and UK listed company which has discovered commercial quantities of Lithium in Ewoayaa near Mankessim, in the Central region of Ghana. We are also working on other potential significant lithium finds in Ghana. MIIF intends to invest in the processing plants for these transitive minerals in line with President Nana Akufo-Addo’s vision of making Ghana a battery hub and a centre for Electronic Vehicles (EV) in Africa by leveraging the current Ghana automobile development plan. Ultimately, we want to become a centre for Electronic Vehicle (EV) assembling or manufacturing for the whole of Africa.” said Koranteng.

“MIIF is on the cusp of closing a $30 million investment in industrial salt from the Ada Songhor salt basin in Ghana which is managed by Electrochem Ghana. Salt is an industrial mineral which has over 14,000 uses covering textiles, food processing, oil refining, pharmaceuticals, and caustic soda among others. Salt is therefore essential to the industrial needs of Ghana and West Africa. As the only prime industrial salt enclave in West Africa, the Ada project would feed the over 800,000.mt demand per annum in Nigeria alone for example. The Ada Songhor Salt project sits on 41,000 acres and at just 50% development, will become sub-Saharan Africa’s largest salt producing company ahead of Walvis Bay in Namibia.”


On Gold, Mr. Koranteng said, “MIIF seeks to invest along the value chain with emphasis on Ghanaian mining support services”.

MIIF’s plan is to create a mining eco-system of opportunities through its investments especially in the gold mining sector which employs more than six million people directly and indirectly. In this regard, MIIF has initiated a six-year US$60 Million dollars investment program to support the small-scale mining sector which is fully indigenised and contributes up to 40% of Ghana’s total gold output. However, the sector remains informal and fraught with illegal mining and environmental challenges. MIIF’s initiative dubbed the Small-Scale Mining Incubation Program (SSMIP) will contribute to the formalisation of the sector and lead to the creation of well-structured Ghanaian junior mines.

The SSMIP involves the rigorous selection of licenced small scale mining companies with proven reserves. MIIF plans to invest equity in selected mines who meet a well thought through criteria. The support includes corporate governance structures, the provision of machinery and other capital items, provision of working capital, provision of technical support for efficient mining and the provision of market access or offtake through the MIIF Gold Trade Desk. The long term objective is to take these small-scale companies public through the alternative exchange of the Ghana Stock Exchange. This is the vision of President Nana Akuffo Addo for this important sector. The President charges us to support the small-sector in a revolutionary manner which would lead to the creation of local Ghanaian mining champions.” Mr. Koranteng emphasised.


MIIF has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Ghana Stock Exchange which has over the past twenty years been one of the top performing bourses in Africa. The arrangement with the GSE is essentially on two pivots; First is to push mining entities in which MIIF has investments to list on the Ghana Stock Exchange (GSE). An example of this is the Canadian listed Asante Gold Corporation in which MIIF has a significant holding. MIIF championed the listing of Asante Gold Corporation on the GSE. Atlantic Lithium, the Ewoyaa basin mining company which has MIIF as the 4th largest shareholder will also be listed on the Ghanaian bourse by the third quarter of 2024.


The second pivot of the agreement between MIIF and GSE is to list a Gold Backed Exchange Traded Fund by MIIF. This will be only the second gold backed ETF on the stock exchange. “We are designing a gold backed Exchange Traded Fund (ETF) which would be listed on the GSE. This will make it the second gold backed ETF on the GSE after the ABSA SA led GLD product which is performing well. Our plan is to have this listed by end of the year. The ETFs and the listing of mining assets will deepen the Ghanaian capital markets and provide alternative investments or alternative asset classes to Pension Funds and investors as a whole. We believe this is an opportunity for Ghanaians in the diaspora and investors worldwide.” Mr. Koranteng concluded.


Since being established in 1932, the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) has evolved to become the most representative community of mineral exploration and development around the world even though it mainly concerns itself with serving Canadian interests and public policy. Its annual trade show at the Metro Convention Centre in Toronto every March attracts at least 23,000 attendees and exhibitors from over 120 countries. The PDAC convention is reputed to be the most internationally patronized platform for networking, deal-making and discussing the current issues, trends and technologies shaping the mining industry.


MIIF was set up the Minerals Income Investment Fund Act, 2018 (Act 978) as amended to receive royalties from minerals accruing to government, invest those royalties to secure the future wealth of the country and also manage the equity interest of Ghana in large scale mining firms. Founding on this three-pronged mandate of the fund, the current management and board of MIIF have developed unique strategies for all 11 minerals that currently pay royalties to government. MIIF has significant equity in Asante Gold Corporation, a Ghanaian, Canadian and Frankfurt listed Explanation and Mining company and has closed a $32 million two-part investment in Atlantic Lithium an Australian company which has discovered commercial quantities of Lithium in Ghana.

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