Ghana: mining licence process map

1 April 2020

Mining in Ghana
What is the process for awarding mining rights in Ghana? What steps must the company and the government follow?

This ‘map’ presents this process as a step-by-step guide. It sheds light on a process that is often complex and complicated, rendering it more transparent.


Ghana is Africa’s largest gold producer, and gold contributes to more than 90 per cent of the country’s total mineral exports. This map depicts the process of obtaining a prospecting licence for large-scale mineral extraction (for all minerals excluding industrial minerals).