Leveraging resources and infrastructure to become a major player in the global market

    Daniel Danino is the CEO and founder of Volta metalsan international group focused on energy, industry and trade in EMEA.

    As someone who works with the mining and metals industries, I believe Ghana has the potential to become the largest aluminum player in Africa due to its abundant bauxite reserves and favorable business environment. In this article, I will examine the current state of the alumina and alumina industry in Ghana and how I believe business leaders in the country can leverage the resources and infrastructure there to help the country become a major player on the global stage.


    Ghana is home to some of the largest bauxite deposits in the world, with estimates ranging from 1.5 to 2.5 billion tons. Bauxite, a raw material used in aluminum production, is found in abundance in the Western, Ashanti, and Brong-Ahafo regions of Ghana. The country has undergone significant changes in recent years production of bauxiteexporting nearly 22 million tons in 2019, making it the largest exporter of the commodity in Africa.

    While Ghana has historically relied on bauxite exports to generate revenue, the country has also made significant investments in the alumina and alumina industries. In 2017, the government established the Ghana Integrated Aluminum Development Corporation (GIADEC) to oversee the development of the industry and to downstream value chain for aluminum production.

    One of GIADEC’s most important projects is the creation of a aluminum refinery in the country. Aluminum oxide, also known as alumina, is an important intermediate in the aluminum production process and is mostly imported by countries with domestic aluminum smelters. By establishing an alumina refinery in Ghana, the country could reduce its dependence on imports and increase its added value in the aluminum production process.

    Promoting the country’s potential

    In addition to its bauxite resources and aluminum development initiatives, Ghana also has a favorable business environment that makes it an attractive destination for investment in the aluminum industry. The country has a stable political environment and a strong legal framework that protects investors’ rights. It also has a skilled workforce and well-developed infrastructure, including ports and roads, which are essential for the transportation of raw materials and finished products.

    To fully realize its potential as a major aluminum player, Ghana will need to continue investing in the development of its aluminum industry and infrastructure. This includes the construction of new alumina refineries and aluminum smelters, as well as expansion and modernization of existing facilities. It also requires attracting foreign investment and partnerships and developing a strong domestic market for aluminum products.

    Foreign Investments

    One way Ghana could attract foreign investment is through bidding incentives for investors, such as tax benefits and access to cheap financing. The government could also consider establishing special economic zones or free trade zones, which provide a more favorable business environment for investors.

    Overall, Ghana is a country with a complex political and economic landscape that can be difficult to navigate. Business leaders can help secure positive, mutually beneficial deals by ensuring they have extensive knowledge of the relevant industries and policies and building strong relationships with area officials and organizations.

    It is important to enforce and comply with local regulations and laws and, where possible, seek advice from people experienced in the area. With regard to Special Economic Zones and Free Trade Zones, you should familiarize yourself with entry requirements, compliance, and available incentives.

    In addition, it is important to understand the potential pitfalls, such as those of companies such as African Aluminum & Stainless Ltd., who already have a foothold in the Ghanaian market. Whether it’s Ghana or elsewhere, it’s always important to invest some time in understanding the cultural and economic differences, as well as the country’s specific needs. This may include learning about existing industries, understanding different government structures and regulations, and researching the benefits each region offers to companies looking to invest.

    During your research, focus on recent trends and insights related to the aluminum industry; you may want to use data from publications about the global aluminum market such as those available at

    Current focus

    Ghana is an attractive destination for foreign investment in the aluminum industry due to its abundant resources, favorable business climate and incentives for investors. Not only does the country offer tax advantages and access to cheap financing, but foreign companies can also benefit from Ghana’s skilled workforce, well-developed infrastructure and stable political climate. Foreign investors are already taking advantage of these opportunities, with several successful projects completed in recent years.

    For example, the British company African Aluminum & Stainless Ltd. (AASL) entered into a joint venture with Ghana Integrated Aluminum Development Corporation (GIADEC) in 2017 to develop an alumina refinery in Ghana. This was followed by an agreement between GIADEC and the Canadian company AluProducts Inc. to build a new aluminum smelter in the country. These investments show that foreign companies can greatly benefit from investing in the Ghanaian aluminum industry.

    In short, Ghana has the resources and favorable business environment to become a major player in the aluminum industry. By investing in the development of its alumina and alumina industries, expanding and modernizing its infrastructure, and attracting foreign investment, I believe Ghana can realize its full potential as a leading aluminum producer in Africa and beyond. With an emphasis on foreign investment and cooperation, I see opportunities for foreign business leaders and investors to play a strategic role in this growth.

    The information provided here is not investment, tax or financial advice. You should consult a licensed professional for advice on your specific situation. Business Council is the leading growth and networking organization for entrepreneurs and leaders. Am I eligible?

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