LBMA was happy to return to the OECD for the first in-person Responsible Minerals Forum since COVID-19.

It was a packed agenda with the LBMA Executive playing an active role in multiple sessions ranging from discussions on whether (and how) to redefine what constitutes recycled gold, to responses to systemic shortcomings in due diligence systems, and ways to better support the artisanal and small scale gold mining sector.

The latter topic was front and centre at the Forum, with LBMA co-hosting two sessions related to our ASM Initiative - one on how intermediate refiners could support direct sourcing of ASM material by GDL refiners; and another on how co-existence between ASM and LSM actors could improve traceability and legal market access for artisanal gold.

LBMA also welcomed the opportunity to meet with the Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Ghana and the Deputy Minister of Lands and Natural Resources to discuss how synergies and relationships could be built between our Members and their efforts to create responsible sourcing practices in the ASM sector.

LBMA joined by representatives of Ansong Askew and Phuzumoya Consulting (l-r: Tom Salter, Gregory Mthembu-Salter, Ruth Crowell, George Mireku Duker, Alan Martin, Elena Ansong, James Askew)