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  • President of Ghana, H.E. John Agyekum Kufuor, is looking forward to Alcoa's investment in a bauxite plant in his country, having observed operations at the Jamalco plant in Clarendon yesterday (July 12).
  • President of Ghana, His Excellency John Kufuor (centre) aboard the Clarendon Express, a tour train that will operate along Jamalco's existing railway line, allowing visitors to get a glimpse of a variety of attractions.
  • His Excellency described the refinery operations as "mind blowing", and added that, "Alcoa is the partner to have".

President of Ghana, H.E. John Agyekum Kufuor, is looking forward to Alcoa’s investment in a bauxite plant in his country, having observed operations at the Jamalco plant in Clarendon yesterday (July 12).

President of Ghana, His Excellency John Kufuor (centre) aboard the Clarendon Express, a tour train that will operate along Jamalco’s existing railway line, allowing visitors to get a glimpse of a variety of attractions. The president was on a tour of Jamalco’s facility recently. Sitting at right is Alcoa’s CEO and Chairman, Alain Belda. Alberto Fabrini, Jamalco’s Location Manager is seated left.

The President explained that Alcoa (Jamalco’s parent company) was interested in constructing a refinery in Ghana and the tour was part of a “due diligence” to “see how Alcoa works”.
His Excellency described the refinery operations as “mind blowing”, and added that, “Alcoa is the partner to have”.
Noting that Ghana wished to replicate Jamalco’s operation “as soon as possible”, His Excellency said, “our prayer is that the partnership that Ghana is seeking to have with Alcoa, will be realised in a month or two”.
Jamalco, which is currently undertaking an expansion project amounting to US$800 million, hosted the president, who is on a three-day working visit to the island. The expansion is expected to provide employment for approximately 3,500 persons and will double the plant’s capacity to some 2.8 million tonnes of alumina.
In his remarks, Alcoa’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Alain Belda said the investment in Ghana was “a great opportunity. “We have had a good reception.and we are very excited”, he added.
His Excellency is scheduled to conclude his visit to the island today after having bilateral talk with Prime Minister P.J. Patterson.

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