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Business News of Monday, 18 May 2015

Source: GNA

Chamber of Mines cuts sod for new office

The Ghana Chamber of Mines has cut sod for the construction of its new ultra-modern head office in Accra, to be called: “The Mine Head.”

Located at South Legon in Accra, the Mine Head when completed would serve as the permanent address of the Ghana Chamber of Mines as well as other mining companies in the country.

Mr Sulemanu Koney, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Ghana Chamber of Mines, said it is long overdue for the Chamber to have its office complex after existing for 87 years.

He said, after scouting and interacting with prospective partners, the Chamber settled on Harvey Properties as a partner in a Build, Operate and Transfer arrangement.

“We are confident that we can work with Harvey Properties to deliver a project that is as green as envisaged and which bears testimony to the industry’s responsibility towards the environment,” he said.

He said the project would be completed in approximately 24 months and urged mining companies, suppliers and contractors to structure their existing tenancy arrangements to allow them take occupancy at the Mine Head.

Mr Koney said, the opportunity to do business at the mine head would not be limited to mainstream mining companies and their suppliers but financial institutions, insurance companies, and travel and tour operators who could position themselves well would find captive market at the new place.

He commended all who took part in ensuring that the project comes into fruition, especially the former CEO of the Chamber, Joyce Aryee who managed to secure the land for the project.

Mr Yaw Benneh-Amponsah, Director, Harvey Properties, said the seven -storey Mine Head would have unmatched combination of style, convenience and functionality befitting global outlook of the mining industry.

He said some of its development features would be offices, retail space to accommodate banking halls, pharmacy, and mart among others, accommodation, conferencing facilities, and restaurant/food court, including an internet protocol based voice and data connectivity on high capacity fibre optic infrastructure.

He said green technology would also be employed and 100 kilowatts capacity of solar power would be generated, as well as a bio gas to manage waste.

“There would be a centralised security and closed-circuit television and a secured parking for 152 cars,” he added.

Mr Benneh-Amponsah said, in terms of pricing, the Mine Head offers great value compared to other alternatives and advised interested companies and organisations to hurriedly book their space.

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